【禁闻】评论:中共打压“苹果”另有目的

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【新唐人2014年07月16日讯】日前,美国“苹果公司”对中共喉舌《央视》有关iPhone“常去地点”的“定位服务”功能,可能对“国家安全构成威胁”的质疑性报导,做出正式回应。“苹果公司”在详尽解释了这一功能的同时,承诺保护所有用户的隐私。“苹果公司”还强调,从未向任何政府机构“开后门”获取用户数据,并且永远不会。一起来看报导。

7月11号晚,中共喉舌《央视》指责智能手机iPhone的“常去地点”这个功能,会定位记录用户行迹,泄露用户信息。并说,如果有人取得这些信息,可以了解中国的经济状态,甚至是国家机密,还建议民众关闭相关功能。

之前,中共官媒也不断指责“苹果公司”向美国情报机构提供用户信息。并且,要求给予“苹果”“严厉处罚”等。

12号,针对《央视》指责iPhone的“常去地点”功能,是“潜在的国家安全威胁”,“苹果”作出正式声明并且回应说,“苹果”的这项功能是根据客户的要求所设定,功能本身“是在个人设备的级别上完成的,苹果不会追踪用户的位置——苹果从来没有这样做过,也从未有计划要这样做。”

声明最后说:“苹果”从来没有与任何国家的任何政府机构来建立“开一个后门”,让他们进入“苹果”产品来获取数据,“苹果”永远不会。

旅美中国社会问题研究人士张健:“作为苹果这样一个世界级别的公司,在第一时间回应,我相信苹果所有的承诺是他苹果的技术、苹果人的道德品质的标准,完全可以达到的。谈到后门的问题,碍于他(苹果)在中国市场的这样一个经济利益,他无法把话讲的很明。”

旅居美国的中国社会问题研究人士张健表示,非常重视中国市场的“苹果公司”,用“开后门”这个双关语,暗讽中共政府对内、对外,无所不用其极的偷取、勒索、盗用商业机密及个人信息。

全球最大互联网媒体集团“CNET”(computer network)7月12号报导说,在过去几年中,中国和美国的网络战一直是个公开的秘密。而“位置感知功能”早已被隐私倡导者所关注。

张健表示,厂商采用“收集数据”的反馈方式,会对未来产品更新起到一个重要性、关键性的指标作用,这是合情合理的。并且,所有国外的产品制造商,都会告知相关功能的用途,包括授权。而中共的所为则是别有用心。

张健:“中共在所有即时聊天都有一个安全的后门,像微信、QQ,包括微博都是以中共的喜好可以任意的封号,任意的封杀﹔中共加入这种安全后门之后,它就有能力、有针对性、有预谋、有组织的传送木马软件,来盗取它所相关的机密的信息,这是对个人隐私严重的侵权行为。”

美国媒体分析说,《央视》的指责,是中共对美国科技公司发起最新的抵制。“CNET”也说,《央视》的报导,可能是为报复美国官方,日前曝光中国黑客入侵政府联邦雇员的个人信息系统。

不过,张健认为中共打压“苹果”可能另有目地,因为“苹果”有很多技术及功能令中共垂涎三尺。

“FaceTime”是“苹果公司”的一种视讯通话应用软体,不通过其他运营商,使用“苹果”公司自订的通信协议。

张健:“比如像国内很多维权的活动,包括法轮功,包括其他的宗教、地下教会,包括民运抗议,都可以通过FaceTime去传播,这令中共也是非常非常的恼火,它也是想要在这个功能上得到苹果的技术,进行屏蔽。”

张健表示,在拥有3G、4G网络传输的国家,使用FaceTime的时候,由于流畅感强,隐秘性高,又没有浏览痕迹,监控、监管难,令中共头疼,因此对“苹果”下手打压。

采访编辑/易如 后制/李勇

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
information.
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
employees recently.

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

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