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Tim Cook: Don’t Get Hung Up on Where Apple Stores iCloud Data

In an interview with Vice News, Apple CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure the public that handing over Chinese citizens’ iCloud storage data to China would not negatively impact their privacy.

By NTK Staff | 10.03.2018 @2:00pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to Vice News for a wide-ranging interview that aired Tuesday, and covered the issues of privacy and free speech. It’s Cook’s remarks about China, though, that are raising alarm bells among human rights advocates.

“In terms of privacy as a human right, does that apply to how you do business in China?” Vice’s reporter asked Cook.

“It absolutely does,” Cook responded.

But when asked about Apple’s decision to move iCloud storage data from facilities in the U.S. to Chinese soil, Cook told the reporter not to get hung up on the physical location of the data.

“I wouldn’t get caught up in where’s the location of it,” Cook said. “We have servers located in many different countries of the world. They’re not easier to get data, from being in one country versus the next. The key question is how does the encryption process work, and who owns the keys, if anyone? In most cases for us, you and the receiver own the keys.”

What Cook did not mention is that the storage company Apple partnered with to store Chinese citizens’ data is state-owned.

Cook has repeatedly defended Apple’s cozy relationship with the authoritarian regime in China. Last year, the company deleted more than 600 virtual private network (VPN) apps from its App Store in an effort to limit Chinese citizens’ ability to access the full, free internet. That move drew criticism from Congress, including tough words from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Just last week, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) questioned Apple’s VP for software technology about the company’s commitment to human rights because of its involvement in China.

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