Apple to open Chinese datacenter to comply with regulations

A Chinese man smokes a cigarette next to Apple's flagship store in Beijing on July 23. Apple on Wednesday said it would open its first Chinese datacenter in the southern province of Guizhou, which will allow the U.S.-based company to comply with Chinese regulations. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

July 12 (UPI) — To comply with recently implemented cybersecurity regulations in China, Apple on Wednesday said it will set up its first Chinese datacenter in the southern province of Guizhou.

Apple’s iCloud datacenter is part of a $1 billion investment in Guizhou by the U.S.-based tech giant. The datacenter, which Apple will jointly operate with the local Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry firm, will locally store personal online information belonging to Chinese owners of Apple devices.

China’s cybersecurity laws adopted in June require data collected on Chinese citizens or information related to Chinese national security issues be held on servers in China.

Beijing’s regulations are broadly defined, meaning foreign tech companies are unsure on how they would be enforced, The New York Times reported. The regulations also require that the transfer of data from Chinese servers to foreign servers be reviewed and approved by regulators.

Apple said the new datacenter would keep “strong data privacy and security protections in place.”

“The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,” Apple said, adding no backdoor access to information would be created.

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