Apple always wants to emphasize its values. The company’s commitment to privacy, as well as support for LGBT rights, racial equality and other civil and human rights issues are among the reasons why many of me understood, are happy to use its products. However, Apple comes in for some criticism for its response, or lack thereof, to a key problem at the moment – China’s approach to Hong Kong.
Apple criticized for silence on China’s national security law
While other large tech companies denounced Beijing’s new national security law, Apple was remarkably silent. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, said they would not respond to data requests from law enforcement users in Hong Kong. TikTok said the same thing, despite its head office in China. Apple, which obviously has a huge manufacturing configuration in China, let alone its customer base, does not.
As indicated by Techcrunch:
Noticeably absent from the list of tech giants that get their cooperation [with the Chinese authorties] was Apple, which said he was “still evaluating the new law”. What remains to be assessed is unclear, given that the new powers explicitly authorize warrantless data searches, intercept and restrict Internet data and censor online informationon, things that Apple has historically opposed if not in so many words.
In addition, Apple has been accused of obstructing the pro-democracy protest movement in Hong Kong. He allegedly rejected and then failed to consider an update to an application designed to help Hong Kong residents vote in an opposition primary (via Quartz £). Apple had previously been accused of helping authorities thwart activists by removing an app that displays protests in real time from the App Store. The company’s shareholders would have been less than impressed. If things don’t change, more and more customers may end up feeling the same.