Russia Asks Apple to Hand Over iOS and Mac Source Code

Russia Asks Apple to Hand Over iOS and Mac Source Code

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Russia is requesting that Apple hands over its source code used in its products to ensure iOS and Mac devices are not being used for government surveillance programs. The request was reportedly made last week when the Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov met with Apple's general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen.

"Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services' public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware," Nikiforov said in the statement on Tuesday.

"Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programmes are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products," Nikiforov said.

The proposal was also sent to software corporation SAP, a move the ministry claims will 'ensure the rights of consumers and corporate users.' As noted in the report, the ministry cited its decade-long relationship with Microsoft, which has been sharing its source code for Windows and other products.

Apple has long denied any backdoors or access to servers by government surveillance programs. Just recently the Chinese state sponsored media labeled the iPhone a national security threat due to its location service features.

Both SAP and Apple declined any immediate comment.

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Russia Asks Apple to Hand Over iOS and Mac Source Code
Gogu - August 3, 2014 at 2:48pm
Apple should tell Russia to go "GOOGLE" itself. No more Apple product for Russia. The Apple black market would go insane, just like it did 6 years ago when a 16GB iPhone on the black market was selling for over $1000, and it was so hard to find one.
Guy - August 1, 2014 at 11:53am
Every piece of software should be investigated and approved by some-big-bad-ass-bureu-of-motha-fuckers-EU-wadeva. Since its wild jungle out there with these software monsters releasing anything without any kind of external control at all. Google, Facebook spying on shit you do on your computer - apps and software tracking your movements, not even allowing install without giving them permission (ref. Winmobile).. and so on. It must change in order to stop this wild-madness that is been on for ages! For the good and piece of mind of users. No other business enjoys that kind of freedom.. compare food standards and so on, people must be able to know all the ingredients. Russia is good game opener for more transparent policy on the business.
icanhazname - July 31, 2014 at 2:30pm
But... If Apple would hand it over them (they won't), they could just remove the NSA code lines from the source code before they hand it over to them... So this is stupid from every aspect.
NoGoodNick - July 31, 2014 at 2:57am
China at least had the nerve to steal the data, but if Russia expects to steal corporate technology, this is the wrong way to do it. Apple would rather never sell another product in Russia than simply handing over the technology which the Russians could then use to produce knock-off products. I've never seen Russia listed as a profit leader for Apple.
Commie - July 31, 2014 at 2:23am
Who cares what those damn commies want? They won't be able to understand the code anyway, fuken retards.
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