What you need to know
- A coalition of civil, political and human rights groups have penned an open letter to Apple.
- They have called on Apple to stop enabling censorship and surveillance in China.
- They also questioned Apple's "unethical double standard" in its dealings with the nation.
A coalition of civil, political and human rights groups have penned an open letter to Apple, calling on the company to stop enabling censorship and surveillance in China.
The letter, addressed directly to Phil Schiller, reads:
The letter highlights concerns such as Apple's "compliance with China's censorship and surveillance demands", which puts the App Store's actions "in direct contradiction" with its claim that "Privacy is a fundamental human right." It continues:
The letter also mentions incidents such as the HKmap.live app, as well as the removal of the Taiwanese flag for users in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China.
The letter concludes by asking that Apple meets with the group to discuss the concerns outlined, as well as asking that Apple pressure governments to be "specific, transparent, and consistent in their requirements". You can read the letter in its entirety here.
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