After complying with Chinese authorities to store user data locally, Apple now reveals what user data it stores in Russia only to comply with local laws effective since 2015.
As per a recent filing with the Russian government, the user data Apple stores in Russia includes name, delivery address, email address and phone number on servers. This data is collected for customer service and to send users information on new products.
Apple Does Not Mention Some Personal Details in Filing
In its filing, Apple didn’t mention personal information like messages, documents, photos, and contacts stored on the iCloud service of the tech giant.
The filing also mentions that Apple stores more details about its Russian employees; this information includes employees’ Russian passport numbers, place, and time of issuance; permanent and temporary addresses; history of work evaluations; and details about income.
The server warehouse, where Apple agreed to store information, is operated by IXcellerate; Kommersant reported this in 2015.
Though Apple was criticized for its compliance with Chinese authorities last year (for storing iCloud data locally), company’s CEO Tim Cook said that Apple must comply with these types of national laws. However, all the data is encrypted by Apple’s technology.
In an interview with Vice news in October last year, Tim Cook said, “We have servers located in many different countries in the world. They are not easier to get data from being in one country versus the next. The key question is how does the encryption process work and who owns the keys if anyone? In most cases for us, you and the receiver own the keys.”
Notably, earlier Apple was not willing to store its user data locally in Russia, and the company had pushed back against the Russian law in 2014. When Russia has enforced its rules aggressively, Apple has no option but to comply with authorities.
In another instance, Apple had stopped publishing updates of Telegram messaging service in Russia for nearly two months, last year. The government asked Apple to pull the app from its App Store, but Apple did not remove the app.
According to Counterpoint Research, Russia is not a major playground for Apple as Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies are leading from the front. However, Apple has done an excellent job expanding its presence in Russia by launching a version of its online store in 2013 after opening the iTunes Store in 2012.
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