Apple Will Relocate iCloud Data From US To China
Apple announced earlier today that they would migrate all iCloud data for Chinese customers from the US to a local Chinese company, adding that the move would not compromise user's information security.
“iCloud service for users in the Chinese mainland will be operated by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data starting February 28, 2018. The new operator will be in charge of mainland Chinese customers’ legal and financial relations.” Apple announced. “Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems. Our cooperation with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data will improve the speed and reliability of our service, which is also in accordance with China’s new Cyber Security Law."
The tech giant will start sending emails and notifications to users in China over the next seven weeks starting today, informing them of the data move and that the local Chinese firm will have access to the stored data. Accounts registered outside of China won't be affected by the move.
The decision is due to a new cyber security law in which now requires business information and data on Chinese citizens gathered within China to be stored on domestic servers. Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry is a government-backed data centre developer and operator who have partnered with Apple.
“We believe that the new cooperation will reduce the possibility of service delays and improve the customer experience of our Chinese users.” Vice president of Apple’s Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson said.