China tells Apple to beef up its data security practices

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China has advised Apple, one of the most privacy-forward tech companies in the world, to improve its data security practices.

Tim Cook at the Summit in 2019
Tim Cook at the Summit in 2019


Apple CEO Tim Cook took part in Beijing's China Development Forum, which involved a lot of discussions with senior government figures. However, in the case of one official, it seems they made an odd statement to the company.

Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission Zheng Shanjie spoke to Cook on Monday, a statement from the country's state planner seen by Reuters states.

At that time, Cook was apparently urged by the chairman to strengthen Apple's data security and personal privacy protection. Further detail from the statement was not released.

The comment is baffling, given Apple's actual track record when it comes to privacy. For the most part, its use of encryption and a privacy-focused approach has led to it becoming one of the most secure organizations of its kind.

There have been lapses, such as lawsuits over alleged data collection practices, but it has typically enshrined privacy as a human right.

While China passed the world's strictest data protection law in 2021, it too has its data-related issues.

Apple has made compromises with China to offer its services in the country, such as censoring apps that break local laws. Local user iCloud data is also required to be stored in China on servers owned by another organization.

The comments are part of a number of meetings Cook has with Chinese officials and businesses during his trip to China. On Monday, he met Wang Wentao, China's commerce minister, to talk about Apple's future in the country.

Cook also took to the stage during the forum, complementing the country and the "symbiotic" 30-year relationship between Apple and China.

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  • Reply 1 of 37
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Well, that made me spew my coffee out of my nose.
    macxpressderekcurriebyronlbeowulfschmidtheadfull0wine
  • Reply 2 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 2,703member
    Is China needing more of a challenge hacking?
    derekcurriebyronl
  • Reply 3 of 37
    auxioauxio Posts: 2,746member
    "Let us help you beef up security by storing your data on our servers"
    DAalsethderekcurrieStrangeDaysbyronl
  • Reply 4 of 37
    softekysofteky Posts: 137member
    Reading between the lines...

    They meant Apple should upgrade its security so that "special access" could be provided to those who are going to ask for^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hdemand it.
    hmurchisonderekcurriebyronl
  • Reply 5 of 37
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 3,212member
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    waveparticledavenderekcurrieJFC_PA
  • Reply 6 of 37
    Maybe they just enjoy kicking him around.
    derekcurrie
  • Reply 7 of 37
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
  • Reply 8 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 2,703member
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    edited March 2023 ronnmuthuk_vanalingamlolliver
  • Reply 9 of 37
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collates data to protect from potential foreign threats?
    Yes. It is due to technology. American technology is more advanced than other nations. Thus US government purposely funded these operations. Why US government is very fearful of China now? Because Chinese technology is leaping. US with this experience knows China may follow US footstep. 
    9secondkox2
  • Reply 10 of 37
    ronnronn Posts: 669member
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
     :D :D :D :D :D :D
  • Reply 11 of 37
    chutzpahchutzpah Posts: 392member

    There have been lapses, such as lawsuits over alleged data collection practices, but it has typically enshrined privacy as a human right.
    What?  :D

    They have a decent track record for privacy and take it seriously, but "enshrine privacy as a human right" is abject nonsense.  
    gatorguy
  • Reply 12 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 2,703member
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collates data to protect from potential foreign threats?
    Yes. It is due to technology. American technology is more advanced than other nations. Thus US government purposely funded these operations. Why US government is very fearful of China now? Because Chinese technology is leaping. US with this experience knows China may follow US footstep. 
    I gave you a chance to clarify with more reason but you just doubled down. Good job.🤦‍♂️

    If you want to maybe google for a moment you'll find plenty of evidence of other countries have been caught spying.
    edited March 2023 muthuk_vanalingamronn9secondkox2
  • Reply 13 of 37
    longfanglongfang Posts: 493member
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    That’s not what he said. The US is the only country whose activities we know about because of Snowden. The others are probably doing the same, but nothing has emerged ala a Snowden like revelation.
  • Reply 14 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 2,703member
    longfang said:
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    That’s not what he said. The US is the only country whose activities we know about because of Snowden. The others are probably doing the same, but nothing has emerged ala a Snowden like revelation.
    1) He didn't mention Snowden and we knew this before Snowden.

    2) It's known.
    edited March 2023 ronn9secondkox2
  • Reply 15 of 37
    auxioauxio Posts: 2,746member
    chutzpah said:

    There have been lapses, such as lawsuits over alleged data collection practices, but it has typically enshrined privacy as a human right.
    What?  :D

    They have a decent track record for privacy and take it seriously, but "enshrine privacy as a human right" is abject nonsense.  
    Enshrined might not be the right word, but Tim Cook has called privacy a "fundamental human right" on a number of occasions. It's an important statement to make given how many other companies (and governments) have turned the internet into one big tracking and profiling system.
    ronn
  • Reply 16 of 37
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    Xed said:
    longfang said:
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    That’s not what he said. The US is the only country whose activities we know about because of Snowden. The others are probably doing the same, but nothing has emerged ala a Snowden like revelation.
    1) He didn't mention Snowden and we knew this before Snowden.

    2) It's known.
    You knew I was talking about Snowden. I did not mislead you. Period. 
    9secondkox2
  • Reply 17 of 37
    XedXed Posts: 2,703member
    Xed said:
    longfang said:
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    That’s not what he said. The US is the only country whose activities we know about because of Snowden. The others are probably doing the same, but nothing has emerged ala a Snowden like revelation.
    1) He didn't mention Snowden and we knew this before Snowden.

    2) It's known.
    You knew I was talking about Snowden. I did not mislead you. Period. 
    If Snowden is your beginning and end to once-clandestine gov't. operations then you really need to expand your scope.
    ronn9secondkox2
  • Reply 18 of 37
    waveparticlewaveparticle Posts: 1,497member
    Xed said:
    Xed said:
    longfang said:
    Xed said:
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Are you serious? You think the US is the only country in the world that monitors and collects data to protect itself from potential foreign threats?
    That’s not what he said. The US is the only country whose activities we know about because of Snowden. The others are probably doing the same, but nothing has emerged ala a Snowden like revelation.
    1) He didn't mention Snowden and we knew this before Snowden.

    2) It's known.
    You knew I was talking about Snowden. I did not mislead you. Period. 
    If Snowden is your beginning and end to once-clandestine gov't. operations then you really need to expand your scope.
    I thought you know that spying has existed since the beginning of homo sapiens. lol
    9secondkox2
  • Reply 19 of 37
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    cpsro said:
    Perhaps China wants more assurance the NSA can't access servers hosted in China.
    It is true. Only US government has been exposed to collecting data worldwide. China has not. Only allegations after allegations. 
    Why AppleInsider continues to allow this CCP spy and propagandist to post here is beyond me. AI doesn't seem to care about disinformation being spread on their platform but they'll likely ban me for continuing to attack this lying spy. Know what? I don't care.
    XedronntmayJP234
  • Reply 20 of 37
    davendaven Posts: 707member
    A thinly veiled shot over the head in retribution for what the USA is saying about Tik Tok.
    derekcurrie
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