This morning, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple iPhones and other foreign technology devices have been banned from Chinese government agencies. Workers are no longer allowed to use these devices for work or even bring them into office premises.
This is a significant expansion of Beijing's long-standing policy aimed at reducing dependence on foreign technology in the face of foreign cybersecurity. threats.
Apple iPhone holds a large share of high-end smartphone sales in China, partly because rival Huawei is struggling to develop competitive 5G phones in China. after US sanctions.
Imposing such a ban on the use of Apple devices in government premises could affect the company's brand appeal in China, fueling rumors of possible espionage or interference, and possibly reducing sales to customers.
This also contradicts Apple's marketing of the iPhone as a privacy-focused platform. Ironically, critics argue that Apple is weakening iPhone security in China to comply with local laws. For example, iCloud data for Chinese citizens is stored in data center premises located geographically within China, potentially making it easier for the government to intercept the data. However, Apple claims that only it has the keys to decipher this information.
Overall, international relations with China continue to be examined. The US has imposed various sanctions on the country, such as limiting the export of advanced semiconductors, in an attempt to limit China's military power. Meanwhile, China is campaigning to reduce its dependence on foreign technology as much as possible with the goal of developing a fully independent domestic supply chain.