The proposed restrictions are the latest sign of the continuing repercussions from information about U.S. government intelligence-gathering tactics leaked by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency. Among other things, Mr. Snowden alleged U.S. authorities hacked millions of Chinese phone messages.
China has issued restrictions that so far affect the country’s banking sector, but officials there have said they are under review and may be extended to telecommunication and other sectors, according to the letter.
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The Chinese government has adopted new regulations requiring companies that sell computer equipment to Chinese banks to turn over secret source code, submit to invasive audits and build so-called back doors into hardware and software, according to a copy of the rules obtained by foreign technology companies that do billions of dollars’ worth of business in China.
Some of America’s largest tech companies could be hurt by the rules, including Apple, which is making a big push into the country. Apple has used new encryption methods in the iPhone 6 that are based on a complicated mathematical algorithm tied to a code unique to each phone. Apple says it has no access to the codes, but under the proposed antiterrorism law, it would be required to provide a key so that the Chinese government could decrypt data stored on iPhones.