Apple CEO Discusses Privacy Talks with Chinese Government
- By Matt Holden
- Oct 24, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook has acknowledged talks with Ma Kai, China’s vice premier, regarding the discussion of the protection of users’ information. This comes in the wake of hackers’ efforts to obtain iCloud user logins, although Cook did not mention such hacks which discussing his conversation.
A Chinese Activist group by the name of GreatFire.org has accused its government of being involved in the attacks, which have seen iCloud user data compiled by spoofing the icloud.com website. These man-in-the-middle attacks are said to utilize deep access to the servers of government-owned Chinese providers, which has helped fuel speculation that the Chinese government is cooperating with hackers.
The Chinese government has denied the allegations by saying it too has been targeted by hackers.
Cook said in his interview that bring Apple Pay to China is on top of the list of things he wants to do, noting that China is a “key market.” He says any service Apple provides he hopes to bring to the country.
Cook also said in a different interview that Apple plans to build 25 new retail stores in China within the next two years, bringing its total number of locations up from 15 to 40.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.