Apple ‘taking a deeper look’ at map insurance policies after calling Crimea a part of Russia

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(Information) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is “taking a deeper have a look at how we deal with disputed borders” after it referred to the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula as a part of Russia in its Maps and Climate apps for Russian customers, an organization spokeswoman instructed Information on Friday.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller instructed Information that Apple has not made any adjustments to its maps exterior of Russia and made the change for Russian customers due to a brand new legislation that went into impact in that nation.

“We evaluate worldwide legislation in addition to related U.S. and different home legal guidelines earlier than making a dedication in labeling on our Maps and make adjustments if required by legislation. We’re taking a deeper have a look at how we deal with disputed borders in our providers and should make adjustments sooner or later consequently,” Muller instructed Information.

Russia and Ukraine have each been extremely delicate to the way in which world firms determine Crimea, since Russian troops seized the territory and Moscow annexed it in March 2014 after a referendum that Kiev and its Western allies say was unlawful.

Russian and Ukrainian embassies in the USA didn’t instantly return requests for touch upon Friday.

Apple appeared to have modified the way in which it shows places in Crimea in its software program, in a nod to Russian politicians who’ve demanded the peninsula be known as a part of Russia.

Information reporters in Moscow who typed the identify of the Crimean provincial capital Simferopol into Apple’s Maps and Climate apps on Wednesday noticed it displayed as “Simferopol, Crimea, Russia”. Customers elsewhere — together with in Ukraine’s capital Kiev and in Crimea itself — see places in Crimea displayed with out specifying which nation they belong to.

Ukraine’s overseas minister, Vadym Prystaiko, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Apple didn’t “give a rattling” in regards to the nation’s ache.

The EU and United States don’t acknowledge Crimea as Russian and have imposed sanctions towards the peninsula and people they accuse of violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Enhancing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker