China has no law, policy documents banning purchase, use of iPhones: Mao Ning

Mao Ning

BEIJING, Sept 14 (APP): China has not issued any law, regulation or policy document that prohibits the purchase and use of cellphones of foreign brands, such as iPhone, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.

“However, recently we did notice media reports about security issues related to iPhone,” she said at a regular press briefing while responding to a question regarding ban on the use of iPhone by some Chinese government agencies.

Mao Ning said, the Chinese government attaches great importance to cyber and information security and treats Chinese and foreign companies as equals.

“We hope all cellphone companies operating in China will strictly abide by China’s laws and regulations, such as the Data Security Law of the People’s Republic of China and the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, enhance information security management, protect consumers’ data stored in the cellphones against theft by any individual or organization, and ensure information security,” she added.

The spokesperson said, China is committed to advancing high-level opening up, adding, “We protect foreign companies’ rights and interests in accordance with the law and strive to foster a first-class market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment,” she added.

“We always treat foreign companies with openness and welcome them to seize the opportunities presented by China’s development and share in the outcomes of China’s economic growth,” she added.

Last week, media reports surfaced that Apple was exposed to two major security flaws that could result in personal data leaks.

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