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New rules introduced by the Chinese government are going to increase the monitoring of the country's citizens, by forcing mobile app stores to keep track of their users. Apple and other app store owners are ordered by new rules issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China to keep records of user activity for a period of time, as well as establish the identity of both the users and the app developers, in order to crack down on the viewing and distribution of banned content.
Apple may have its own retail outlets in India after all, as the government has made changes to requirements hindering the company's progress. Rules that force retailers to source at least 30 percent of its products from within the country have been eased, giving Apple and other major companies with their own retail presence the ability to open stores in India, without having to worry about fulfilling the requirement for a while.
Apple's ongoing quest to open Apple Stores in India may soon become a reality, according to a report. The government is allegedly preparing to allow Apple to own its own retail stores in the country, without the need to abide by a rule that requires 30 percent of goods sold in a single-brand store to be locally sourced, with multiple regulators seemingly in agreement in providing Apple with an exemption that can last between two and three years.
Governments should be more mindful of "sharing economy" services and must try to avoid banning them, according to draft guidelines created by the European Commission. European Union member states should be mindful of implementing restrictions on online services such as Airbnb and Uber, with the commission warning rules that work against these types of companies should be justifiable, and also proportionate to the public interest.
Two different US Appeals courts issued two different rulings on privacy-related cases on Tuesday that together deal severe blows to the concept of personal and computer privacy. In Richmond, Virginia, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc ruling, voted 12-3 that authorities do not need a warrant to obtain location information based on cell phone location from carriers. In New York City, a bitterly-divided Second Circuit court ruled that the government can mirror hard drives for one criminal action, and preserve that data indefinitely for use in possible future criminal actions.
Apple is not going to be permitted to sell used iPhones in India, a government minister has advised. Announced today by commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, the government is "not in favor of any company selling used phones in the [country], however certified they may be," nixing Apple's proposal to refurbish iPhones it collects from customers upgrading their devices and resell them in India.
Iran is demanding messaging apps from other countries store some user data within its borders. Announced on Sunday, Iran has ordered social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as messaging services, to transfer data held about Iranian users to servers located within the country itself, something which could lead to less privacy for the country's citizens as well as the potential of more control over online access by the government.
The Indian Finance Ministry's decision to knock back an Apple exemption that would have freed it from a requirement that 30 percent of a future Apple Store's content must be made locally came with a particularly puzzling explanation: Apple's products, it said, were not"state-of-the-art" or "cutting-edge," which at first strains credulity. Unless the decision is reversed, it means Apple's goal to open at least three Apple Stores in India by 2017 will have to be put on the backburner, which is a significant blow to Apple's current plans for the country.
According to a new report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of US government agencies are currently still using computing technology for aspects of their operations that data back as much as over 50 years, reports AFP. The most alarming of the findings in the report is that the Department of Defense still uses eight-inch floppy disks on an IBM Series 1 computer system system dating back to the 1970s as part of the nuclear command and control system. The report warns that these systems are both costly and no longer effective.
Tim Cook is planning to visit China again, to have discussions with members of the country's government over various matters, according to a report. The Apple CEO will apparently try to work with the "high-level government officials" later this month to try and smooth out some issues affecting the company in the region, with topics up for debate said to include censorship issues affecting Apple services, as well as the Chinese government's continued pressure on Western companies to comply with its demands.