Apple iCloud data to be stored on Chinese servers, report notes

Apple will store Chinese customer iCloud data on Chinese servers, despite security and privacy concerns.

| Aug 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm CDT

Apple is reportedly going to begin moving personal iCloud data of Chinese users onto servers that are located inside the country's borders. The decision was made in an effort to make data access faster and more reliable for Apple customers, and the company has partnered with China Telecom.

Apple iCloud data to be stored on Chinese servers, report notes |

"Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously," Apple noted in a statement sent to Reuters. "We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content."

The encryption keys will not be located in China and China Telecom will not have access to them, according to sources.

It's a curious move by Apple, as many users and companies are worried about China and state-sponsored cybercriminals accessing data. Companies try to avoid storing data in China, and even with data reportedly encrypted, there will be concern that the government will have an easier method to spy.

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