Couple of days back we reported that leaked documents, which were internal communications between the Indian military had revealed that Apple, RIM and Nokia are providing backdoor access to the Indian military to monitor cellular communication.
While electronic surveillance is often required for national security purposes on a case-to-case basis, it was worrying to find out that Apple and other smartphone vendors had given the Indian military backdoor access for mass surveillance in exchange for market presence in India.
iPhone users were also worried that Apple may have provided similar backdoor access to governments in other countries.
Thankfully it doesn’t seem to be the case as Alan Hely, senior director of corporate communications at Apple, has told Times Of India that while the company can’t comment on the leaked documents, the company hasn’t provided any backdoor access to the Indian military. Alan Hely said:
“But I can deny that backdoor access was provided.”
TOI also reports that Nokia has also denied providing backdoor access.
“The company takes the privacy of customers and their data seriously and is committed to comply with all applicable data protection and privacy laws.”
Meanwhile, RIM refused to comment on the matter.
[via Times of India]