Apple will not attend a congressional hearing dedicated to tech companies’ relations with China, strongly desired by Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
Senator Josh Hawley he summoned the hearing for March 4 and has invited to testify also Apple, given the relationship between the company and the Chinese government. In addition to Apple, the senator also invited other tech companies such as TikTok, but the latter also refused the invitation.
Hawley is concerned about addiction and increasingly strong relationships of technology companies with China. At the moment, Apple has not released official statements on the reasons for this refusal to participate.
Specifically, the senator had invited Apple to clarify some facts that have happened in recent months, such as decisions to keep Chinese users’ iCloud data on local servers or to delete all VPN apps from the App Store in China. Hawley is among the senators who see Beijing as a potential threat to privacy and security.
It’s no mystery that Apple is in a difficult situation when it comes to China. Tim Cook has repeatedly admitted that this is a fundamental market for the company, but the CEO himself has always been the spokesperson for the right to privacy. In short, a delicate situation, which has aroused several criticisms of Apple as the company has repeatedly had to comply with Chinese standards in order not to risk leaving this important market.