In an order passed recently by the Chinese government, it asked the tech-giant Apple to comply with new regulations and begin migrating China- based iCloud accounts to new Chinese data center next month. The facility is supervised by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, which is supervised by Guizhou state government.
Moreover, shortly after plans for new data center were announced, the Guizhou province government announced that it was creating a committee chaired by Communist party members to oversee the facility. The new data center was built by Apple as part of its $1 billion investment scheme in the province, and just like all data centers it will be powered by renewable energy.
Besides, residents of China fear that the law might put a question to their privacy, they suspect that using iCloud will not be safe now, as Big Brother might be watching their accounts. To which Apple responded, that it won’t let any loopholes in the data centers and has given users the option to delete their data. When announcing the migration, the company also stated “the move will allow us to improve the reliability and speed of our iCloud services while also complying with the newly passed regulation.”
Although the migration to the China located facility is only supposed to affect Chinese accounts, TechCrunch has reported that some US accounts are being automatically effected, including the account of TechCrunch editor, Wang Boyuan.
In response to a query, Apple said, “The operation of iCloud services associated with Apple IDs that have China in their country or region setting will be subject to this transition. You will be notified of this transition via email and notifications on your devices. You don’t need to take any further action and can keep using iCloud in China.”
Interestingly, with the move, the company will become the first firm from the US to comply with law, as Google, Facebook, and Twitter remain concentrated in the country.