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China says “No!” to Apple products in government agencies

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China says “No!” to Apple products in government agencies
From this day onward, Apple will have a pretty hard time penetrating Chinese government structures and agencies, as the most populous country in the world has prohibited the purchase and use of all of Cupertino's products. The ban has been made official by the National Development and Reform Commission of China and the reasons behind it are the country's fears and doubts that Western hardware might be used for government spying and the uncovering of state secrets thanks to their location-tracking abilities.

All of Apple's devices, including all renditions of the iPhone and the iPad, are now unapproved by government employees. Interestingly enough, said Apple products reportedly made it to the draft of the approved devices list back in June, but its final version is devoid of them.

This is not the first time China has turned its back to US-made technology, as Edward Snowden's disclosures about NSA's purported spying habits has multiplied China's fears and that the USA might be trying to get hold of their statewide secrets. Several months ago, it was confirmed that the NSA has spied on Huawei, one of the largest local smartphone manufacturers, which greatly unsettled China's government agencies.

Neither the local branch of Apple, nor the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission have commented on the matter yet, but Cupertino claimed multiple times that it has never allowed any government institution to retrieve information from its servers and never will. 

source: Reuters

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posted on 06 Aug 2014, 04:47 4

1. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3266; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


ha ha

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 10:59

13. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Do not laugh!

US Big Brothers(MS-windows, Google-android, Apple-iOS, plus Facebook) actually control the ppl of whole World , with their "back-doors" given open to CIA, NSA, FBI....and so.
They will not give this total dominance to be broken. That's why they use any dirty methods to destroy Samsung , (because Samsung scare the sh...out of them, by getting bigger and bigger ). Like they did with Nokia.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 12:29

14. androtaku (Posts: 242; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


i wonder if the rest of the economy giant of the world say no to "made in china" product.

shift the production to brazil,indonesia, mexico and anywere else

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:00 6

2. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2711; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


"Cupertino claimed multiple times that it has never revealed any government institution to retrieve information from its servers and never will."

Oh please, like the NSA never has retrieved information from their server.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:09 5

3. sip1995 (Posts: 1552; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Tech giants in USA should blame and sue NSA, cuz they're losing ground because of the stupid N$A sh1t...

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 09:08

12. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I agree somewhat.
They have tainted NA OEM.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:09 4

4. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


...enters Blackberry.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:10 3

5. Finalflash (Posts: 2779; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


NSA....making the USA safe .... from profits.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 05:19

6. TruthSpeaker (unregistered)


Another example of the irony of the NSA, initially being used to support American commercial interest, an ultimately doing the opposite.

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:12 1

7. BigBoss10 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


Good decision... Apple you'RE FIIIIIIIIIRRRRRRRED!!!!!!!!!! :D

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:29

8. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


You gotta love the chinease

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 06:43 1

9. superfans (Posts: 155; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


but phone like xiaomi or huawei isn't safe too

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 08:34

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 9767; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Well, looks like there's one place (an entire country that is!) where the Apple-IBM duo won't be selling their "enterprise solutions".

posted on 06 Aug 2014, 09:02

11. JunitoNH (Posts: 1614; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


This, has nothing to do with Apple or any other company. Simply, China knows the know hows of espionage, and don't want the tables turn on them.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Former-CIA-chief-has-seen-hard-evidence-of-Huawei-spying-on-behalf-of-China_id45500

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 00:23

15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


"US-made technology"?! They're MADE in China (mostly, some in Brazil, and one small line of mac pros are assembled in the U.S.). US-owned is more accurate. Plus china has millions of other phones being made there, many for intra-national consumption.

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 00:42

16. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Hey, a thief will believe everyone steals...

posted on 07 Aug 2014, 22:16

17. javy108 (Posts: 1004; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Great for China.

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