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China: UN rapporteur demands answers from Apple over decision to remove VPN apps

Author: Rafia Shaikh, WccF Tech (USA), Published on: 21 August 2017

"UN wants some answers from Apple over its decision to comply with China's VPN demands", 7 Aug 2017

...Apple’s decision to quietly comply with the country’s demands specifically after how it has fought for its consumers’ privacy and freedom of expression back home in the United States has raised several questions. Now, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression...has a few questions of his own...[T]he letter asks if Apple took into consideration the “international instruments such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights or the Global Network Initiative’s Principles on Freedom of Expression” to protect the rights of Chinese consumers...

...Critics and privacy advocates have warned that in doing so the company has set a dangerous precedent as more authoritarian regimes will make similar demands of not only Apple but other tech companies, as well...

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