The Russian government has asked technology firms Apple and SAP to assist it as it seeks to find out if its institutions are being plundered through backdoors.
According to a report on Reuters an official request has been made on the firms, and it is phrased in ‘privacy' preservation terms.
Reuters has a statement from communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov, and reports that the minister has already met with both Apple and SAP.
"Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013 and US intelligence services' public statements about the strengthening of surveillance of Russia in 2014 have raised a serious question of trust in foreign software and hardware," said Nikiforov.
"Obviously, companies which disclose the source code of their programs are not hiding anything, but those who do not intend to establish cooperation with Russia on this issue may have undeclared capabilities in their products."
V3 has asked both Apple and SAP to comment or confirm on the meetings and the Russian proposal.
The Russian authorities have a focus on ‘privacy' at the moment and an official bounty has been placed on a crack of the TOR privacy browser. The government is offering 3.9 million roubles, or £65,000, to anyone who can find data on Tor users.
The Country is also working towards laws that would force technology companies, like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, to store data on Russian users on Russian shores.
That proposals were expected to increase friction between the US and Russia, it is possible that the more recent request could have the same effect.
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