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Apple to relocate data of Chinese mainland users in February

(People's Daily Online)    15:34, January 10, 2018

Apple on Wednesday announced its decision to relocate Chinese mainland customers’ iCloud data from the U.S. to China, promising that the relocation will not compromise users’ 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 told People’s Daily during an interview.

According to Apple, the company will send emails and notifications to Chinese mainland users for the next seven weeks, starting from Jan. 10, notifying them of the company’s decision. Once the users have read and accepted the new terms and conditions, their data will be transferred to Chinese servers. If not, their personal online information will be backed up in iCloud until they accept.

“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,” said Apple.

China’s Cyber Security Law, which took effect in June 2017, stipulates that business information and data on Chinese citizens gathered within China should be stored on domestic servers and not transferred abroad without permission.

In addition to the data relocation, Apple worked with local authorities in Guizhou to build a $1-billion data center. The center will be run by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, and will receive technical support from Apple.

“We believe that the new cooperation will reduce the possibility of service delays and improve the customer experience of our Chinese users,” Lisa Jackson, vice president of Apple’s Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, was quoted as saying by People’s Daily.

About 724 million Chinese use mobile phones to go online, accounting for 96.3 percent of the online population, according to the 40th China Statistical Report on Internet Development.

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