Apple's CEO Speaks Out Like Hikvision's CEO Would Never Do

In our recent coverage of Hikvision's government ownership and Communist Party supervision, one rejoinder was that the US government, like the Chinese, pursues / has backdoors in to technology products.

This is a great example of the differences between the 2 countries. "Apple’s Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials" blares a recent US publication. Apple's CEO is publicly fighting against backdoors and the US media is running it.

In China, it's an impossibility for a state owned company like Hikvision to 'lash out' at the Communist Party and the media, sure as hell, would never cover that (or be quickly detained / imprisoned).

Cyber spying and privacy issues are a real concerns for any technology product like networked video surveillance and as Hikvision aims to be the dominant global supplier, the rest of the world needs to watch out for that threat.


Apple's CEO speaks out against the US Government / FBI wanting a backdoor in iOS.

thank you tim cook...

I think this is fantastic by Apple, what a great stance and brave action to take. I liked Apple before but love them now!

It's brave, but honestly I'm not ecstatic about it.

I think that whether we want to believe it or not, the last 15 years of almost no foreign-planned terrorism on us soil is due in large part to massive eavesdropping and cyber-snooping, on foreigners and citizens alike.

It's a damn shame that the government can't have the power to do what they need to do to keep us safe, without going over the line. :(

Interesting article pointing out that Apple in China has been silent about the Chinese government's requests for similar backdoors.

This underscores how neither Chinese domestic nor international companies cannot challenge the Chinese government without fear of massive retribution.

But to be fair, perhaps the title of the thread should be

'Apple's CEO Speaks Out Like Hikvision's CEO Could Never Do'

In my opinion Tim Cook is just creating a vision of honor and justice... As do other companies like Microsoft, Cisco and so on...

His short memo can be overall described as: we are trying to protect your privacy, please don't hesitate to buy... that's it...

The truth is not accessible to anybody except may be several thousand people who must know and work with...

Apple products are very popular in CIS countries and most of all in Russia. Majority there tend to buy iPhone to show social status... Now I think no further comments are needed...

To sum up, the modern trend of dealing with privacy can be described with a single word "control".

There's a huge stir about this on social media. A lot of people are calling to break-in to one phone, just one phone! Apples response to these calls, IMO shows how honorable Apple is. I for one am proud to be a fanboy.

In today’s digital world, the “key” to an encrypted system is a piece of information that unlocks the data, and it is only as secure as the protections around it. Once the information is known, or a way to bypass the code is revealed, the encryption can be defeated by anyone with that knowledge.

The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.

Just statistics

http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/31/software-with-the-most-vulnerabilities-in-2015-mac-os-x-ios-and-flash/

No offence...

Statistics can be used, perhaps inaccurately, to prove anything ....c'mon, 87.6% of people know that. FACT

Totally agree. The real problem is that we never know how authentic those stats are.

"Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused, the company's top lawyer told lawmakers"

The meeting with Hikvision likely went differently....

The Chinese gov only had to log onto a file sharing service Baidu to find it...

The meeting with Hikvision likely went differently...

Hik: "We are pulling the latest code for you, version 6, should be ready in a couple of hours."

PRC: "Don't bother, here's version 7."

Apple isn't being honorable. They are trying to market their product. They are claiming they are secure, while various companies do hack into their products. For this specific request, apple only said the wouldn't bypass the password counter > wipe feature. They did give the FBI info on connecting to an existing network and then allowing icloud to backup the data. From there, they were happy to provide access to the data.

For all of their touted supposed security, it was hacked not by the FBI, but a 3rd party in a short amount of time....