Russia Could Restrict Access to iCloud and Apple Services
A few hours ago, many online publications have stated that Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices will be banned in Russia from January 1st, 2015. But this is just another example of how fast undocumented, yet bombastic information spreads out.
As a matter of fact, the actual law that will come into operation on January 1, 2015, demands that cloud data storage that originates from Russia stays in Russia. So, this means that companies will be required to have localized cloud servers on the territory of Russia. This obviously concerns Apple, who at the moment does not have servers based on Russia’s territory.
Thus, Russia could block iPhone and iPad access to iCloud and Apple services starting 1 January, since the storage of the data is overseas. However, this could be a temporary measure, until Apple complies with the law, but it’s not quite sure how long will that take.
Of course, besides Apple, many more Internet companies offering services in Russia could face a similar ban in the country. Recent revelations of the NSA’s PRISM is said to be the main reason behind the decision of Russia’s government. The measures will most likely be applied by ISPs who will prohibit access to iCloud and related services.
This new report comes shortly after it was disclosed that Steve Jobs’ memorial in Russia was taken down after Apple’s Tim Cook openly acknowledged that he is gay. However, there are many voices in Russia who say that such a law won’t be passed, but we’ll just have to wait and see.