GBCD to take over Apple's Chinese iCloud

GBCD to take over Apple's Chinese iCloud

In a message to Chinese customers, Apple has informed customers that both it and the Chinese firm, Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD), will have access to all data stored on iCloud.

"For the past few years, Guizhou has put on an annual International Big Data Industry Expo to highlight its new role as a big data hub in China", said Jabez Tan, research director at Toronto-based Structure Research, in an interview. As we noted at the time, regulations introduced in June 2016 also prevent transfer of sensitive economic, scientific or technological overseas.

Apple has made the move to obey the Chinese government's policies, which is that Chinese citizens data must be stored within the country. It opened a new data center in China with a local Chinese data management firm. Cupertino advises customers to examine new terms and conditions. "The new operator will be in charge of mainland Chinese customers' legal and financial relations", Apple told People's Daily.

In that agreement, AWS explained to The Register, Beijing Sinnet took over the physical infrastructure of AWS's bit barns, but not the IP: "AWS continues to own the intellectual property for AWS Services worldwide".

China passed a controversial cybersecurity law last July that required companies that operated data centers in China to store all data in the country.

According to a new report, the migration of iCloud accounts is also affecting a number of accounts that were opened in the US, are paid for with USA dollars, and are connected with US -based App Store accounts.

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"Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems", the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Having domestic control over mainland Chinese iCloud accounts will delight the Beijing authorities, who have been pushing to oversee Apple's software presence in the country for months.

Apple insists the new terms will not impact user privacy.

In August past year the company removed VPN software - which allows users to access websites banned in China - from the country's App Store.

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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