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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Well, given the USA as the obvious example it should be obvious that all you need is a president with enough of a following that his supreme court nominations get approved and that the senate-candidates that he endorses get endorsed.
In reality I wouldn't have thought that was possible but Trump is trying.
Here are some of the serious flaws that seem to make this possible:
* electoral college instead of popular vote
* gerrymandering
* the above cross-contamination of the 3 branches
* the president choosing the vice-president

I never understood the reason to give 1 man (a president) such power. In most countries the king/emperor is now a purely symbolical function and the prime-minister doesn't have much power compared to other ministers. He is more like a spokesperson than a rule-maker.

Just for the record, I am Dutch and was never formally schooled in the USA political system.

My impression is that the influence of lobbyists and money in general has reached absurd levels and that the will of the people is simply ignored too often

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zima Member since:

It suffices if large enough percentage of people is consistantly irrational enough with their voting/support decisions... you have a current example of that much closer to you, Poland. :/ (where "1 man holding power" doesn't even have any official position...)

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avgalen Member since:

Poland, Egypt, Turkey, now China....democracy isn't doing so great

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