According to an intriguing story run by the Reuters publication, Russia has allegedly asked Apple to provide the government with access to the company’s source code to make sure its iOS devices and Macs aren’t being used for spying. Here are some more details from the original report:
Russia's proposal has been voiced by the country’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov and others when they met with an Apple executive in Russia. Nikiforov said in the statement released late on Tuesday the following, making reference to whistleblower Edward Snowden:
"Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and U.S. intelligence services' public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware"
He then also implied that Apple might be hiding something if they won't be willing to disclose the source code:
"Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programmes are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products"
The ministry also cited its more than decade-long cooperation with Microsoft, saying that the U.S. firm has been sharing its source code for the Windows operating system and other products since 2003. Until now, Apple and SAP have declined to comment on this.