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Apple is moving its Chinese iCloud operations to a local firm

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Doris Mccormick | 11 January, 2018, 15:36

Control over iCloud, Apple's cloud data storage, in China will be transferred to state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co., Ltd. on February 28, the IT giant told the Chinese People's Daily newspaper on Wednesday. The news follows an announcement from a year ago about the impending change-over. As we noted at the time, regulations introduced in June 2016 also prevent transfer of sensitive economic, scientific or technological overseas. GCBD runs the center, with Apple providing technology support.

The terms include a clause that Apple and the Chinese company "will have access to all data that you store on this service, including the right to share, exchange and disclose all user data, including content, to and between each other under applicable law". Amazon recently announced it was selling off the hardware infrastructure from its public cloud business to a Chinese partner called Sinnet to comply with the same laws. Apple has also bent to other Chinese laws and received criticism for removing hundreds of virtual private network apps from the App Store previous year. Any iCloud accounts registered outside of China will not be affected. "Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems", the statement says.

Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer and maker of Apple's iPhones, has set up a factory and 500,000 square foot data centre in an industrial zone just outside Guiyang, the provincial capital.

That means that all data - including photos, videos, documents, and other personal information - uploaded by Apple customers in China to their iCloud accounts will be stored in GCBD's database from then on.

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"Because of our commitment to transparency, there will be a series of customer communications over the course of the next seven weeks to make sure customers are well informed of the coming changes", Apple said.

In August 2017, Apple were heavily criticised by Beijing for threatening to remove applications by leading Chinese tech company Tencent, including the WhatsApp-like mobile messenger WeChat.

Apple sent out a message to customers in China this week, revealing terms and conditions of the changeover.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook defended the action at the time, saying he would "rather not" be doing it, adding he hoped the restrictions would be "lessened" over time.

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