What you need to know
- Russia is demanding that Apple and twelve other companies be "officially represented on Russian soil."
- The order is for each company to establish its presence in the country by the end of 2021.
- Companies that do not comply could face "advertising, data collection and money transfer restrictions, or outright bans."
Russia is demanding that Apple set up a physical presence in the country by the end of 2021.
As reported by Reuters, state communications regulator Roskomnadzor has demanded that thirteen foreign companies will need to be "officially represented on Russian soil" by the end of the year or potentially face a ban from the country altogether.
In addition to Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and TikTok are included in the demand.
According to Roskomnadzor, companies that do not comply with the order could face "advertising, data collection and money transfer restrictions, or outright bans."
Apple does not currently have a physical presence in the country in terms of its popular retail stores.
Some speculate that it is a move by the government to promote technology companies from Russia over foreign companies. Others say that it is a move to extert more control over the companies when they operate in the country.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
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