Off you pop Apple…
So, hot on the heels of the German government ditching Apple for BlackBerry devices (and willing to pay 40 million Euros for the privilege) on the grounds that they realised that any Tom, Dick or Harry (or foreign, er, Secret Service) could hack and listen in for fun thanks to the iPhones woeful security, or lack of, comes the news that the Chinese government aren’t for messing around either.
Indeed, the good people of Beijing, who aren’t for half measures in this department, have gone the whole hog – and banned Apple products in their entirety from government procurement – lock, stock and barrel as Reuters reported via Bloomberg:
China bans Apple products from government purchases: Bloomberg
(Reuters) – China has prohibited government agencies from purchasing Apple Inc hardware products due to security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing government officials familiar with the matter.
Ten Apple products including versions of the iPad tablet and MacBook laptop have been omitted from a government procurement list distributed by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance, Bloomberg News said. They were included in a June draft, according to the report.
The ban would apply to all central and local agencies in China, Bloomberg News said.
Reuters could not immediately reach officials at the NDRC and finance ministry for comment. Apple spokespeople in China did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The report comes after the Chinese government published a software procurement list last week that excluded foreign anti-virus vendors like Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp, which had previously sold software to Chinese agencies.
China, citing security concerns, has increasingly sought to limit the use of U.S. technology over the past year following revelations by Edward Snowden of widespread U.S. government spying.
State-run China Central Television said in a report in June that location-tracking software on Apple’s iPhone could potentially lead to the disclosure of state secrets. Apple said in response that it has never allowed and will never allow governments access to its servers.
Ah, words are everything.
Maybe Apple don’t let others see their servers. Who knows?
It doesn’t really matter, since virtually everyone can see the information without bothering with that bit anyway.
So, with the Apple ‘we’re so secure’ being shown up as not quite what it seems (ahem) and public bodies now catching on to that fact, at least commercial businesses who run iPhones unsecured are safe in the knowledge that there is NO WAY their ideas and innovations will be leaked to competitors because they were sucked in to the iLie that these things could protect them in any way.
This is what poor old Sara Tatchio of Ford said of their decision to go iPhone…
“We are going to get everyone on iPhones,” Tatchio said. “It meets the overall needs of the employees because it is able to serve both our business needs in a secure way and the needs we have in our personal lives with a single device.”
There’s nothing secure about an iPhone.
Nothing at all.
So poor old Ford are WAY behind the curve as, with BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart, it would seem we are liable to see something of a domino effect amongst governments and businesses securing themselves with BlackBerry asap.
Apart from Ford.
I give it 6 months before it all becomes too much for the lambs.