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Iran May Ban iPhone

In what may be another litmus test for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) and its commitment to its users’ privacy, the government of Iran has threatened to ban the sale of the company’s iPhone unless Apple complies with new anti-smuggling laws.

Apple and, presumably, other manufacturers are required by law to register an official representative in order to sell products in the Islamic Republic. The company has not yet done so, and according to a report at AppleInsider, must comply “within the next few days” or all iPhones will be “collected from the market.”

Under the new laws, all mobile phones must be sold by a legitimate...