The Russian government voiced out a proposal to two of the world’s biggest technology companies, Apple and SAP, requesting an access to the source code to ensure that their products are not use for spying on the state and people.
Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov had a meeting with Russian-based Apple General Manager, Peter Engrob Nielson and SAP Managing Director, Vyacheslav Orekhov last week and discussed the proposal, suggesting to disclose some of the companies’ sensitive business data to protect the users’ privacy, personal data and international concerns.
Microsoft has been sharing its source code of Windows operating system with Atlas, a Russian technology institution that reports to the Communications ministry since 2003. As of press time, Apple and SAP declined any immediate comment.
Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA’s widespread spying activities through the use of several well-known technology products and services have alarmed government institutions, businesses, and end-users worldwide to question the integrity of software and hardware with US-standard encryptions.
Aside from the Russian government, dozens of institutions from Brazil, China, India, to Germany are working on their state technology practices to protect the security interests as well.