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[CBC.ca, 2020-10-19] Apple blocks widow from honouring husband's dying wish. Woman locked out of account due to U.S. law often applied to Canadians.
An Ontario widow is locked in a four-year battle with Apple over online material she already legally owns. Carol Anne Noble of Toronto wants access to an Apple account she and her husband shared -- but was under his name -- so she can fulfil a promise she made to him before he died. But instead of giving her the password she's forgotten, the tech giant is demanding she jump through complicated and expensive legal hoops to satisfy what experts say is an outdated American law. "It's a real slap in the face to me," said Noble who, after 41 years of marriage, was the executor and sole beneficiary of her husband's estate. Don Noble died from a rare spinal cancer in late 2016. "Basically, they want an order from the court to give me what my husband owned and it is already bequeathed to me... it's very strange," Noble, 66, told Go Public. ...
[SMH.com (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia), 2020-03-01] Nike, Apple among dozens of major brands implicated in report on forced labour. | reddit
Nike, Apple, and a major manufacturer building trains in Australia are among the dozens of global brands implicated in a new report on forced labour in China, amid growing international concern over the treatment of the Uighur people. The report, by the U.S. State Department-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), alleges some factories that supply the brands appear to be using Uighur workers sent directly from re-education camps. The Chinese government maintains the camps, which it describes as vocational education facilities, are needed to combat terrorism in the Xinjiang region and to "ensure its smooth economic transition." It has dismissed claims that up to a million members of the Uighur Muslim minority have been detained in the camps as "fake news."
The ASPI report estimated that 80,000 Uighurs have since been transferred into factories across China under the "Xinjiang Aid" program after graduating from the re-education camps. "Local Chinese governments and private brokers are paid a price per head for workers on the labour assignments," ASPI found. The report by ASPI researcher Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, a Chinese-born former journalist who has been highly critical of the Chinese Communist Party, found most of the workers transferred to one of the factories are Uighur women from Hotan and Kashgar prefectures.
The report alleged up to 600 are employed at the Qingdao Taekwang Shoes factory. "At the factory, the Uighur labourers make Nike shoes during the day," the report said. "In the evening, they attend a night school where they study Mandarin, sing the Chinese national anthem and receive vocational training and patriotic education. The curriculum closely mirrors that of Xinjiang's re-education camps. "In such circumstances, it is unlikely that their work arrangements are voluntary."
The Washington Post corroborated the claims on Sunday. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have not been able to independently verify the allegations before deadline. The research found up to 560 Xinjiang workers were transferred to work in factories in central Henan province, including to Foxconn Technology, a Taiwanese company among the largest contract electronics manufacturers in the world. Foxconn has supplied brands including Amazon, Apple, Dell, Google, Huawei and Microsoft.
ASPI said from April 2017 to June 2018, 2048 Uighur workers were taken from Hotan Prefecture in Xinjiang to 15 factories in Anhui Province, including to Huafu Top Dyed Melange Yarn Co. Ltd. The factory supplies cotton and coloured fibres to Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, Puma, Zara and H&M. Another "Xinjiang Aid" factory, the Haoyuanpeng Clothing Manufacturing Co, advertises strategic partnerships with Fila, German sportswear companies Adidas and Puma, and Nike.
Adidas told ASPI the company does not have an active relationship with the factory and that they will investigate the use of the Adidas signage.
A Nike spokesman told The Washington Post that "we respect human rights in our extended value chain, and always strive to conduct business ethically and responsibly."
Apple said it would work with suppliers to ensure its standards are upheld.
The ASPI report noted Chinese state media claims that participation in labour transfer programs is voluntary, and Chinese officials have denied any commercial use of forced labour from Xinjiang. "However, Uighur workers who have been able to leave China and speak out describe the constant fear of being sent back to a detention camp in Xinjiang or even a traditional prison while working at the factories," the report said. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has repeatedly called for China to cease "the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other groups." The Chinese embassy in Canberra was contacted for comment.
[WashingtonPost.com, 2020-02-29] China compels Uighurs to work in shoe factory that supplies Nike. | reddit
... An industry of middlemen has cropped up to facilitate the dispatch of Uighurs, touting "semi-military-style management" and "government management with police stationed at factories." In its report, ASPI said it had found evidence that Uighurs were being exploited and that foreign and Chinese companies were involved, possibly unknowingly, in human rights abuses. The researchers found 27 factories in nine Chinese provinces that have used Uighur workers hired through labor transfer programs from Xinjiang since 2017. The factories are owned by firms that feed into the supply chain of some of the world's best-known companies, including Apple, Dell and Volkswagen, the report finds.
BOE Technology Group, which supplies screens to Apple, and O-Film, which makes iPhone cameras, both use Uighur labor, either directly or through contractors, the report found. Apple lists both companies on its latest supplier list. Apple said that it has strict requirements for suppliers. "Apple is dedicated to ensuring that everyone in our supply chain is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve," said spokesman Josh Rosenstock. "We have not seen this report but we work closely with all our suppliers to ensure our high standards are upheld." ...
[Vice.com, 2020-02-06] Apple's Independent Repair Program Is Invasive to Shops and Their Customers, Contract Shows. The contract states independent repair shops must agree to audits and inspections by Apple, even if they leave the program.
[MacRumors.com, 2020-02-06] Apple Makes Independent Repair Shops Sign Draconian Contracts to Get Official Parts. | reddit
[CNBC.com, 2020-01-28] Apple generated $56 billion in iPhone revenue last quarter on strong iPhone 11 sales.
[CNBC.com, 2020-01-28] Apple now has $207.06 billion in cash on hand, up slightly from last quarter. | reddit
[BBC.com, 2020-01-22] FBI "persuaded Apple to halt iCloud encryption".
[2019-11-28] 12 EU states reject move to expose companies' tax avoidance. Proposal would have forced firms to reveal profits made and taxes paid in each EU country. | reddit
"... The European commission has ruled that a sweetheart deal agreed by Apple and Ireland was illegal state aid and helped the US tech firm avoid €13 billion in tax. The deal slashed Apple's tax rate to as little as 0.005%. The commission has ordered Apple to repay Ireland the entire sum but the two parties are appealing against the decision at Europe's general court."
[BusinessInsider.com, 2019-10-22] Apple CEO Tim Cook Took a Chairman Position at one of China's Top Business Schools
[Vice.com, 2018-05-11] DHS Seizes Aftermarket iPhone Screens From Prominent Right-to-Repair Advocate. Jessa Jones is a highly respected iPhone repair professional and recently testified as an expert witness in a class action lawsuit against Apple.
[BBC.com, 2020-03-16] Apple hit with record €1.1 billion fine in France.
[Engadget.com, 2020-02-07] France fines Apple $27 million for slowing down iPhones. Apple will have to display a notice on its French website for the next month.
[Reuters.com, 2020-03-02] Apple to pay up to $500 million to settle U.S. lawsuit over slow iPhones. | reddit
[CNBC.com, 2019-12-20] Google fined 150 million euros by France.
"Apple has complied with Russian demands to show the annexed Crimean peninsula as part of Russian territory on its apps. Russian forces annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014, drawing international condemnation. The region, which has a Russian-speaking majority, is now shown as Russian territory on Apple Maps and its Weather app, when viewed from Russia. But the apps do not show it as part of any country when viewed elsewhere. ...
[CTVNews.ca, 2019-11-27] Apple Maps now shows Crimea as part of Russian territory.
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