China and Apple and VPNs

Apple Exec Tim Cook discussed that Apple complied with the Chinese government's request to remove VPN [Virtual Private Network] software from its App store. VPNs can be used to get around censorship and surveillance. While there are complaints that Apple should not have done this, Apple says it is consistently applying its corporate policy to follow the law in countries where they do business. In this case, Apple disagrees with China's position on VPNs, but complied. In China, companies operating a VPN service must have government approval. That limits people illegally evading government control online. Apple hopes that over time the restrictions will ease, if not stop, to encourage innovation, communication and collaboration. Read more about it here


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