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The law often doesn't follow 'common sense' rules that laymen imagine.

You can think of it like a semantic error in your code. The computer/legal system does what it was programmed to do, not 'the right thing'

What law? Aren't they primarily an American company? Does this mean that they will give up customer information to the Chinese government if required by law there?

Yes, it does in fact mean that and, yes, Apple has already done that. In fact, Appleā€™s iCloud infra is state owned and operated in China [1].

1: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208351

Just because a company is American doesn't mean they can flout the laws of a country they are selling products into.

Think about it in reverse. Would you accept a Chinese company ignoring US law if they were selling something to US consumers.

But the app was taken down worldwide. Your example is if the app was only taken down in China, no?

Remember where all of Apple's products are manufactured.

I often joke that the law is like an ill-defined programming language, with limited formal testing or pre- production error checks, hazy specifications, running on dynamically changing systems, with no standard compiler/interpreter.

In many ways I would have thought web programmers and startup people were some of the best placed minds to understand it :p

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