Apple opens China data center to comply with new law

Apple opens China data center to comply with new law

Apple opens China data center to comply with new law

Last month, China drew some inspiration from Russian Federation and passed a new law, requiring that foreign companies must store their data, related to Chinese operations, in the country itself. The data center is being built in the southern province of Guizhou with data management company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd.

With the data centre, Apple aimed to migrate Chinese users' information, now stored elsewhere, to the new facility in coming months, according to its messaged statement.

Apple has announced that it will build a data center in China, to comply with the country's new cybersecurity and data portability regulations. It reaffirmed earlier statements that it would not create a backdoor for any third-party (via CNBC).

Apple's move strikes a distinctly different flavor, one of quiet and genial acceptance, despite the fact other players such as Amazon and Microsoft already have their own centers in China.

It is doing this in order to abide by China's new strict cybersecurity laws. Backups and other data stored in iCloud accounts by customers outside China will continue to be stored in data centres in the US and eventually Denmark.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently defended globalisation in a rare public speech at the China Development Forum, an annual conference. The iPhone maker partners with a local internet services company to set up the office as part of its US$1 billion investment in the country.

The law requires that worldwide companies provide the government with encryption keys, so that protected data may be accessed by the government at its discretion. Such firms are also required to pass security reviews before proceeding with the transfer of such data out of the country. Other data center projects in the province include a US$23 million facility to process and store data from the world's largest radio telescope. It also saw its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services shut down in China just six months after they were introduced.

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