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Apple Moves Chinese Users’ iCloud Data from U.S. to China

The move is just the latest effort by the tech giant to appease the Chinese government.

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2018 @1:30pm
Apple Moves Chinese Users’ iCloud Data from U.S. to China

Apple announced Wednesday it is officially moving the iCloud storage data from Chinese customers from a U.S.-based facility to mainland China. The decision comes after the country imposed new regulations for cloud computing that requires data to be stored within China.

Apple originally announced its intentions to comply with this regulation, passed in June 2017, in July. The move will be complete by the end of February, according to MacRumors.

Apple today confirmed that its iCloud services in mainland China will be operated by a Chinese company from next month (via People’s Daily, China). The firm, called Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, and will manage Apple’s new $1 billion data center, which opened in the region last year.

Apple said customers based in the country had been contacted and advised to examine new terms and conditions, which include a clause that both Apple and the Chinese firm will have access to all data stored on iCloud servers.

Giving Chinese government officials access to its citizens’ iCloud storage could have wide-ranging negative effects. The notoriously anti-free speech country could, in theory, use the data against its own citizens.

The decision to appease China on this issue comes after Apple also agreed to delete all virtual private network (VPN) apps from its China AppStore. VPNs allowed Chinese citizens to circumvent the so-called “Great Firewall” the country imposes to limit information flow to its citizens.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently drew the ire of many in the U.S. when he said Apple shared China’s cyberspace “vision” on a recent trip to the Asian country.

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