Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2018 23:51 UTC

With Apple moving its Chinese iCloud data to a company partially owned by the Chinese government, it's natural to wonder what this means for the privacy of Chinese Apple users.

If Apple is storing user data on Chinese services, we have to at least accept the possibility that the Chinese government might wish to access it - and possibly without Appleā€™s permission. Is Apple saying that this is technically impossible?

This is a question, as you may have guessed, that boils down to encryption.

This article is from the middle of January of this year, but I missed it back then - it's a great insight into what all of this means, presented in an easy-to-grasp manner. Definitely recommended reading.

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I agree. China was "loosening up" 10 years ago, but lately that trend has reversed with "closing the VPN loophole" as an example on the technical side and "no term limit for presidents" on the politicial side.

Things can change very quickly. Most people live their lives assuming that something like that can't happen and so don't worry about the fragility of democracy, but maybe we should be careful here too. Fortunately the US founders were wise enough to establish three branches of government, but just how vulnerable are they? Can a well orchestrated series of events significantly alter our democratic institutions? How many people would it actually take in top positions of authority to overthrow a country's major democratic protections?

It's not difficult to see how judicial&executive appointees might be selected due to their loyalty to a corrupt individual rather than the country. Congress is somewhat more difficult to control, but options can include: bribery, use allegations to get opponents fired, gaslighting to create uproar to divide&discredit opponents, create a state of emergency that defies normality, use executive orders to defy congress, etc.

Would it ever be possible to have too few good people left in positions of authority to combat a president whose goal is a dictatorship?

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