Apple’s Latest Privacy Feature Won’t Be Available In China | Beaufort County Now | Despite rebuilding their brand to focus on the protection of user privacy, Apple recently confirmed that their new “Private Relay” feature, which is designed to hide users’ browsing data and protect their data privacy, will not be available in China.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Apple’s Latest Privacy Feature Won’t Be Available In China

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ian Haworth.

    Despite rebuilding their brand to focus on the protection of user privacy, Apple recently confirmed that their new "Private Relay" feature, which is designed to hide users' browsing data and protect their data privacy, will not be available in China.

    "Apple Inc on Monday said a new 'private relay' feature designed to obscure a user's web browsing behavior from internet service providers and advertisers will not be available in China for regulatory reasons," reported Reuters. "The feature was one of a number of privacy protections Apple announced at its annual software developer conference on Monday, the latest in a years-long effort by the company to cut down on the tracking of its users by advertisers and other third parties."

    Private Relay is a VPN service which will direct "internet traffic through two relays in order to mask who's browsing and where that data is coming from." According to the Big Tech giant, those with access to the feature will have their browsing data hidden from any other party, including Apple. Chinese users, however, will not have this layer of privacy available to them.

    As The Verge noted, Private Relay won't be available in additional countries, including Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the Philippines.

    Apple claims that they remain committed to both "human rights" and "privacy" in their "Our Commitment to Human Rights" declaration, in which they "feel a deep sense of responsibility to make technology for people that respects their human rights, empowers them with useful tools and information, and enhances their overall quality of life."

    "We do that with our - setting the industry standard for minimizing personal data collection. We build privacy protections into everything we make - from products like iPhone, to services like Apple Pay, to our comprehensive review process for every app on the App Store," the document adds. "Hand in hand with the privacy of our users is our commitment to freedom of information and expression. Our products help our customers communicate, learn, express their creativity, and exercise their ingenuity. We believe in the critical importance of an open society in which information flows freely, and we're convinced the best way we can continue to promote openness is to remain engaged, even where we may disagree with a country's laws."

    As multiple reports have indicated, however, Apple's "commitment" to privacy doesn't apply when it comes to China. Not only is the Private Relay feature unavailable for Chinese users, Apple also plans to store user data at centers in Guiyang, China - and another in the Inner Mongolia region - after largely ceding "control to the Chinese government." This involves Chinese state management of the computers, the abandonment of encryption technology not permitted by the Chinese regime, and "digital keys that unlock information on those computers" being held in the very "data centers they're meant to secure."

    And, as Reuters noted, "In 2018, Apple moved the digital keys used to lock Chinese users' iCloud data, allowing authorities to work through domestic courts to gain access to the information."
Go Back


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Chancellor Kurz takes firm action again: US needs to follow his lead
Why were we doing business helping the Chi Coms build weapons of mass destruction (germ warfare)?
Jordan Hall, the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, preaches a blistering, barn burning yet biblically faithful sermon on transgenderism and transhumanism. It grabs you from the get-go and doesn’t let up. Give it a listen!
Retired SEAL's run for House seats in Congress
In recent years, our asylum laws have been abused and misused by illegal immigrants who are primarily economic migrants and are not otherwise eligible to immigrate to the United States


Timed to Gates/Soros purchase of covid testing company
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Los Angeles Angels pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani has been on fire at the plate.
Gov. Roy Cooper this year said his administration was exploring the development of a vaccine passport for residents.
Fauci vs facts on Delta variant


Back to Top