Russian Authorities Demand Access to Apple’s Source Code

Russian Authorities Demand Access to Apple's Source Code

In a recent development, Apple has been approached by the Russian government, which has requested access to the tech giant’s source code. This request, as reported by Reuters, aims to verify that Apple’s products are not being used for surveillance activities against Russia.

The request also extends to software company SAP.

Russian Authorities Demand Access to Apple's Source Code

Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov expressed concerns, attributing them to the espionage activities revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013 and subsequent increased U.S. surveillance on Russia.

These events have significantly strained trust in foreign technology within Russia.

The disclosures by Edward Snowden and the U.S. intelligence’s increased surveillance on Russia have seriously undermined trust in foreign technology, raising significant concerns about the transparency of foreign software and hardware companies.

It is clear that companies willing to share their source codes are likely more transparent, whereas those who do not might have undisclosed capabilities in their products that could be used for surveillance.

Interestingly, this is not the first time a tech giant has faced such a request from Russia.

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