Often you review something and then have to make sure that it’s not April 1st, but alas, today is not April Fools Day and regrettably, this report from Reuters shows up to be much from a joke. If it is indeed exact, the Russian federal government has evidently asked Apple to hand over the source code for both iOS and the OS X in a bid to try and make certain that neither can be used to snoop on it.

The Reuters record asserts that Apple sent somebody to speak with Russia’s Communications Priest Nikolai Nikiforov amongst others recently, with the iPad, iPhone and Mac apparently in the country’s bad books due to the fact that it does not know whether the gadgets are spying on it or not. Additionally, software maker SAP is also on Russia’s radar for the same factor.

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The request came when Nikiforov met Apple’s basic manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen, last week.

Merely when it appeared that this story could not get any type of additional unusual, Russia claims to have a long-standing connection with Microsoft for the express objective of perusing its source code to “”make certain the civil liberties of consumers and corporate users to the privacy of their personal information, in addition to for state protection passions.” At the very least the Russian government can’t be accused of taking sides in the Apple-Microsoft war, then. It’s vague whether a similar agreement is in place with various other tech manufacturers, nevertheless. We’re looking at you, Android.

Unsurprisingly, neither Apple nor SAP have actually commented on the situation relating to the Russian government, and in all honesty, we don’t expect that to alter in Apple’s situation a minimum of.

We’re not really sure exactly what stunned us most around this story, in all honesty. Is it the truth that Apple had this request made from it in any way, or the reality that Microsoft currently complies with a similar demand that strikes you as the most odd?


We just can’t compose our thoughts.

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