Apple opens first iCloud data centre in China

Dhaka,  Fri,  28 July 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 16:38:41 | Updated : 13 Jul 2017, 16:39:04
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Apple opens first iCloud data centre in China

Personal online information belonging to Chinese owners of iPhones and iPads - including private messages, photos and device backups - is to be stored locally in China for the first time, after Apple opened its first iCloud data centre on the mainland, report a global media Thursday. 

Apple’s move follows Beijing’s introduction last month of tighter cyber security rules and reflects the concessions foreign multinationals must make to tap the world’s largest mobile market, which is increasingly important for iPhone sales. The US tech group’s new facility in Guizhou will be jointly operated with a Chinese internet company, as part of a $1bn investment in the southwestern province. 

Announcing the relocation of mainland Chinese customers’ iCloud data from the US, Apple sought to head off potential security concerns from its tens of millions of users in the region. “As our customers know, Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no back doors will be created into any of our systems,” it said. 

Apple already complies with legally valid requests for data from law enforcement authorities around the world, including China. Nonetheless, moving customers’ iCloud data to a Chinese facility will make it easier for the authorities to go through the legal motions required to obtain that private information. Under US law, foreign governments have to undertake a process, which can sometimes take years, to obtain data about their citizens that are stored on servers in the US. 

China’s new cyber security law requires all data collected on the country’s citizens or areas relating to broadly defined issues of national security to be held on servers in China. Transfers of data abroad must first be reviewed and approved by regulators.

- SZ 

 
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