BEIJING Aug 6 China has prohibited government
agencies from purchasing Apple Inc hardware products
due to security concerns, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday,
citing government officials familiar with the matter.
Ten Apple products including versions of the iPad tablet and
MacBook laptop have been omitted from a government procurement
list distributed by China's National Development and Reform
Commission and Ministry of Finance, Bloomberg News said. They
were included in a June draft, according to the report.
The ban would apply to all central and local agencies in
China, Bloomberg News said.
Reuters could not immediately reach officials at the NDRC
and finance ministry for comment. Apple spokespeople in China
did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The report comes after the Chinese government published a
software procurement list last week that excluded foreign
anti-virus vendors like Kaspersky Lab and Symantec Corp
, which had previously sold software to Chinese
China, citing security concerns, has increasingly sought to
limit the use of U.S. technology over the past year following
revelations by Edward Snowden of widespread U.S. government
State-run China Central Television said in a report in June
that location-tracking software on Apple's iPhone could
potentially lead to the disclosure of state secrets. Apple said
in response that it has never allowed and will never allow
governments access to its servers.
(Reporting by Gerry Shih; Editing by Ryan Woo)