Jul 18, 2018

Apple iCloud: State firm hosts user data in China

ICloud data belonging to Apple's China-based users is now in the hands of the Chinese government. Apple says the move to store user data locally was made to comply with Chinese authorities. In 2017, Apple announced that it would be partnering with local Chinese firm, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development [GCBD], in handling operations of iCloud services for users in mainland China. In March, Amnesty International launched a campaign targeting Apple over its "Betrayal of millions of Chinese iCloud users", saying the company had made personal data vulnerable by handing over its China iCloud service to a local company. Chinese law forces foreign companies to use locally managed firms to store data, and Apple has said it was compelled to move both iCloud user data and the encryption keys that protect it to comply with these rules.

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