Do you use an Apple product and think that your personal data is safe? Chances are, it’s not. According to an investigation from the New York Times, your data is very possibly in the hands of the Chinese government already. Because Apple completely relies on China for every part of the supply chain and every step of manufacturing for every one of its devices, the Chinese government has Apple over a barrel. This has led to repeated capitulations from Apple, as it has conceded to all of the demands of the Chinese government to remove and block all content on the Apple's App Store related to Taiwan, Tibet, the Dalai Lama, genocide of the Uighurs, the Tian'anmen Massacre, Chinese dissidents, and anything even slightly critical of the Communist Party or Xi Jinping.
What's worse is that a series of laws passed by the Chinese government, and even more caving in by Apple, has led to the iCloud data of all Chinese citizens being stored in China under control of the Chinese government. If you live in Taiwan you might think that you are safe, but because of Apple's complete disregard for the privacy and security of Apple users when faced with any kind of pressure from the Chinese government, and according to China's fundamental values and policies, you are not only in China, you are also a Chinese citizen in the eyes of their law. None other than Apple's CEO Tim Cook has stated publicly that Apple will completely comply with all Chinese laws. In other words, if your data and privacy have not already been compromised, it will likely not be long before they are. In yet another case of corporate greed taking precedence over corporate responsibility, Apple has repeatedly shown its true colours by proving that it doesn't care a fig for the core values that it claims are central to its corporate ethos. The question remains: will all the fanboys and fangirls actually vote with their wallets, or just blindly continue to support yet another company that has no concern for corporate ethics?