Tim Cook was very unhappy, removing VPN clients from the Chinese App Store
We recently reported on Apple's decision to remove applications to work with VPN from the Chinese App Store. We know that Apple has nothing against such applications, despite the fact that they are used to anonymize and circumvent locks. It is very interesting to know the position of Apple in this situation, and during a recent telephone conference with investors Tim Cook was asked to comment on the situation.
Tim Cook began his answer with a story about Chinese laws. The thing is that VPN in China is not prohibited, but the services should receive a license from the government. The initiative was launched in 2015, but only recently the government strengthened the methods of settlement. Apple was forced to remove some applications to work with VPN. It is worth noting that many others are still available, as they meet the requirements of the government.
Tim Cook explained that he and his company would be very pleased not to block applications, but the company must comply with the laws of the country in which it conducts business. Nevertheless, Apple hopes that in the future the demands of the states will be more lenient.
Many people can remember that Apple does not always willingly agree to comply with government requirements. For example, it is not necessary to go far, and Tim Cook, answering questions, remembered a scandal with the FBI and iPhone 5c, which government agencies wanted to unblock. The head of Apple called the situation completely different.
We believe in cooperation with the government, even if our points of view may diverge. Innovation requires freedom of communication and collaboration, and I know that this is the most important [в Китае]. Some people remembered the situation in the US last year and tried to find a link, but they are completely different. In that case, the US law was on our side. It was undeniable. In China, the law is also very clear, and even if the law was changed in the US, we must comply with it in any case. This does not mean that we will hide our point of view.
Perhaps it's more than you wanted to hear, but I wanted to tell about it.