During Apple’s keynote address at WWDC 2021, the company discussed Private Relay, a new technology-focused at protecting our privacy. It helps us to make our surfing data inaccessible to the rest of the world, effectively protecting these transmissions.
The issue with this choice is that it will be available practically everywhere in the world except in China, where the Cupertino corporation is once again complying with the Asian giant’s requirements. Certainly, the decision is questionable.
Mr money is a powerful gentleman
It is undeniable that China is a significant market for Apple, as reported by Reuters, but it is also true that the company’s unwavering commitment to privacy is contingent on where you are on the map.
The Chinese government strictly controls internet access and technology like VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), which is one of the reasons why Private Relay, which is effectively a VPN, will not be available to Apple ecosystem customers in that nation.
China and favor deals
The New York Times has written extensively on these unique circumstances and favorable treatment. There, it is stated how entering China was critical to Apple becoming what it is today: almost all of its products are made there, and the country accounts for a fifth of its revenue, according to the newspaper.
Apple has made numerous concessions, the most notable of which being the removal of the tagline “Designed by Apple in California” on the back of its iPhones. The fact that Apple has already agreed to store Chinese consumer data on Chinese servers is much more concerning.
According to the New York Times, Apple has handed the data of an undefined number of iCloud accounts to the Chinese government in nine situations and has only attempted to deny three government demands.
This decision contrasts with Apple’s adamant refusal to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone in a murder case. The corporation refused to cooperate, therefore the FBI had to find out the information in a different way.
According to the New York Times, Apple’s censorship stance in the Chinese edition of the App Store has resulted in the removal of “tens of thousands of applications in recent years, including international media, gay dating sites, or encrypted messaging software.”
All of this demonstrates that Apple’s privacy policies in China differ from those in other countries. Not only that, but it also shows a discussion that does not bode well for the corporation managed by Tim Cook.