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Wasn't there once a company with the motto "Don't be evil."? If that motto is abandoned, Apple should claim it since they genuinely try do their best to live by it.





Not so fast. E.g. have you read "History will not be kind to Jony Ive"[1]?

Apple has its share of evil. Another example is preventing people from repairing their own Apple devices.

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[1] https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ywyjmw/history-will-not-b...


Apple only does so when it's also convenient to their bottom line. They provide the Chinese government backdoor access to iMessage, remove VPN apps from their store to enable censorship, and have we all forgotten they are a PRISM partner? These actions seem pretty "evil" to me.

> They provide the Chinese government backdoor access to iMessage

No. What gave you this idea? iMessage is end-to-end encrypted. The keys are managed by the devices themselves. There is no facility to backdoor or intercept the messages.

Apple acts as a registration server, notifying your devices when a new device signed in as you joins the pool but the devices themselves tell you when this has happened. That’s all client-side. If the server didn’t tell the client about a new peer it would never encrypt a copy of the message for that peer and that peer wouldn’t get the messages.


> iMessage is end-to-end encrypted. The keys are managed by the devices themselves. There is no facility to backdoor or intercept the messages.

That is only a half-truth. Apple controls the key infrastructure; they may replace your keys with arbitrary ones at the demand, coercion or compromise by any number of bad actors. The software is closed source, making it impossible to verify any actual claims made otherwise. If they truly valued privacy, why not open source iMessage, allow users to verify iMessage keys, hire an independent third party to audit their infrastructure, or all of the above?

Moreover, Apple has moved iCloud infrastructure to Chinese data centers to enable spying on millions of innocent people. They have removed apps from their store which circumvent Chinese censorship. These are truly shameful acts which has appropriately drawn criticism from human rights watch organizations.

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/25/apple-moves-icloud-encrypt...

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/24/apple-moves-to-store-icloud-...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/29/technology/china-apple-ce...

https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2013/06/26/can-appl...


I find it disappointing that we blame companies operating in China and not the real forcing function for all this: the Chinese government

The government is bad, so is a trillion dollar American company choosing to collaborate with the government by enabling spying on their users just so they can make even more money. They're enabling a government to track down & torture/murder dissidents

Regarding them as distinct actors is a mistake. Both enable each other: Apple enables pervasive surveillance; in turn China enables huge profits. How bottomless is the guile of a corporation willing to put lives at risk to make some money?

Imagine saying this with a straight face.



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