Apple products removed from government procurement list in China

Apple products removed from government procurement list in China

Summary: Government sources said ten Apple products including all iPad and MacBook products were excluded from a final government procurement list distributed last month.

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Ten Apple product models, including the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, were on a June version of the government purchase list, initiated by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) – the country’s top planning body. However, they've disappeared in the July version, according to a Bloomberg report on Wednesday, citing an unnamed government official.

This change is due to security concerns, the official indicated, adding the decision applies to all central Party departments, government ministries and local government.

Dell and HP products are included on both June and July lists, the officials said. The next review for the list takes place in January, 2015, according to the report.

On July 11, state-owned China Central Television Station (CCTV) revealed in a report that Apple’s iPhone collects information on users' locations, which was in violation of their privacy. Even if a user turned off positioning functions, the smartphone was still able to record the user's information, according to the report. Apple, in a subsequent reply, rejected those claims.

This move follows China's enhanced scrutiny of foreign companies after Edward Snowden’s revelations of a National Security Agency spying program last year. The tension between China and the US on the security issue escalated this year when the latter prosecuted five Chinese military officers for allegedly stealing corporate secrets.

On Sunday, the state-owned People's Daily reported that the government’s procurement agency has excluded Symantec and Kaspersky from a list of security software suppliers.

A further report by People’s Daily indicated the five anti-virus software brands approved by the government procurement office, including Qihoo 360 Technology Co, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin and Rising, are all from China.

Citing data security concerns in May, China already announced a ban on the newest Microsoft operating system, which prohibits all computer products purchased by the central government from running the Windows 8 operating system. Local OS developers are thrilled at the news and believe the move presents an opportunity for them to seize more market share in the future.

Topics: Security, Apple, iPad, China, Windows 8

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  • I think it's clear, at this point...

    ...that the Comrades in Beijing are becoming increasingly wary of relying on US corporations for much of anything. Personally, I think we should least as wary of relying on Chinese and other Communist corporations.
    John L. Ries
    • Not communist

      These corporations are in large privately owned. And state ownership does not imply communism, and neither does communism imply state ownership. Communism is about worker's ownership of the means of production - and that's not the situation in China.

      Thusly, China is merely nominally communist. And they have been for quite a while - I suggest you study the history of the PRC and the CPC, it's quite well described on Wikipedia. You will see a very clear increasing reliance on the market economy since the 80s - a lot of their politicians started talking like that after the Chairman's grip and GOF became history.

      The current state of affairs is this: communism was too inconvenient, because the Party's goal was not justice, but simply more power. So they began utilising the markets in their benefits while still maintaining large levels of government control and ownership.

      That's why China as a country is able to grow and adapt so fast, and conduct projects that Western countries could never dream of.

      Which is awful, of course, because their practices are highly unethical - e.g. removal of a large part of population in an area to build the world's largest dam.
      Function Plastic
      • New dictators in disguise

        They are a bunch of dictators using communism methods/propaganda. Their relatives are filthy rich but they shows the public that they are very pool and humble.
        timaiday
  • Communist China Emerging?

    Communist China Emerging?
    The Business Talking Heads on TV have been promoting Red China as the new "emerging" market for American goods since we first began trading with them. The problem is communist countries are totalitarian and very tightly control their economies as well as the goods their people are allowed access. Their government has now restricted just about every US company from selling tech goods to their people and the "emerging" market, at this point seems nothing but some stock broker's pipe dream.

    Both Apple and Microsoft are now banned for government purchases. And, if you remember the definition of communism, that means everyone in the country is blocked from purchasing American computer products. So much for the consumer market of the century.
    TNickelsen