Apple capitulated to Russia and may decrypt data upon request
The Russian authorities have confirmed that Apple will respond to the Russian data storage law, which provides for the storage of user data locally within the country in a precedent that may be the first of its kind with apple, which has always cared about the privacy of its users.
This assertion was made by Roskomnadzor, the Russian authority responsible for regulating communications in the country, adding that Apple may respond to requests to decrypt the data and submit it to the security authorities without the need for an official note.
Apple will store personal user data such as name, address, email and phone number, and no confirmations of the rest of the data such as images, cloud content, and more.
Under the agreement between the two parties, Apple will keep the user data for six months within Russia.
Apple faced a strong opposition wave when it responded to a similar Chinese request last year when it transferred the icloud data of Chinese users to the local Guizhou-cloud company servers.