Apple Denies CCTV’s Allegation of Tracking And Using A Backdoor
Recently, Apple formally responded to the allegation reported
by CCP mouthpiece CCTV that the “frequent locations"
in iPhone’s “location Services" feature may “pose a threat
to national security."
In addition to the detailed explanation of this feature,
Apple promised to protect all of its users’ privacy.
Apple also stressed that it has never opened a “backdoor"
to any government agencies to access its users’ data,
and will never do so.
Let’s view the following reports.
On the evening of July 11, CCTV alleged that
the “frequent locations" iPhones feature can track
users’ locations, which will result in the disclosure
of users’ information.
It also reported that the information can expose
China’s economic situation and even state secrets.
As a result, it suggested that people
close the relevant functions.
Previously, the CCP official media repeatedly accused
Apple of providing its user information to U.S. intelligence
agencies, and called for “severe punishment" of Apple.
On July 12, Apple responded to CCTV’s allegation
that iPhones’ “frequent locations" feature is “a potential threat
to national Security."
Location data gathered by the phone is done so for
the users’ benefit, Apple said.
“We do this at the device level.
Apple does not track users’ locations –
Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so."
Finally, Apple indicated, “Apple has never worked with any
government agency from any country to create a backdoor
in any of our products or services." “We have also never
allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
Zhang Jian, a researcher of China social issues:
“As Apple is a world-class company, and responded
to the allegation so promptly, I believe that Apple will keep
its commitment based on its technology and moral standards.
As to the issues regarding backdoors, due to it (Apple)
having such economic interests in the Chinese market,
it was not made very clear."
Zhang Jian comments that as Apple attaches much importance
to the Chinese market, it uses the pun “backdoor" to satirize
the Communist government using all means to steal, extort
and misappropriate trade secrets and personal information
by all means at home and abroad.
On July 12, the world’s largest Internet media group CNET
(computer network) reported that in the past few years,
the cyber warfare between China and the U.S. has been
an open secret.
“Location awareness" has long been a concern
of privacy advocates.
Zhang Jian says that manufacturers adopted
the “data collection" feedback method because
it serves a crucial and key function
in the update of future products.
This is a sensible and reasonable approach.
Further, all overseas product manufacturers
will also provide notifications of the additional uses
of related functions as well as relevant authorization.
On the other hand, the CCP’s actions hide an ulterior motive.
Zhang Jian: “The CCP has a safety backdoor
in almost every instant messaging platform.
Platforms such as WeChat, QQ and Weibo can be shut down
and restricted at the CCP’s desire.
After the CCP participated in this safety backdoor program,
it gained the ability to spread Trojan software with precision,
premeditation and organization.
The Trojan software will hijack all related confidential
This is a serious violation of privacy."
U.S. media analyzed that the CCTV accusations are
the CCP’s latest resistance to U.S. technology companies.
CNET also states that CCTV’s report may also be revenge
on U.S. officials for exposing Chinese hackers hacking into
the personal information system of federal government
However, Zhang Jian feels that CCP may have other motives
in suppressing Apple.
Its many technologies and functions are enticing to the CCP.
Facetime’is an Apple video-call application software.
It only uses the customized communication protocol
of Apple, and other operators are not involved.
Zhang Jian: “Many rights protection activities in Mainland
China, including Falun Gong, other religions,
underground churches, and pro-democracy protests,
can spread via Facetime.
This really makes the CCP very angry.
It is anxious to obtain Apple’s technology
on this feature, and then ban the activities."
Zhang Jian states that in a country with 3G or 4G networks,
Facetime has a strong sense of fluidity.
It is also highly secretive with no traces of browse history
which is a headache for the CCP to monitor and supervise.
Hence, it decided to suppress Apple.
Interview & Edit/YiRu Post-Production/LiYong