In February this year, Apple shifted the iCloud data of its Chinese customers to its local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry, the company faced the music from advocates of privacy. And now Apple is likely to face more censure from all corners as Apple’s iCloud data in China is being stored by state-owned China Telecom.
Apple has confirmed this change late on Tuesday. TechCrunch notes, “Apple’s transition of the data from its own U.S.-based servers to local servers on Chinese soil has raised significant concern among observers who worry that the change will grant the Chinese government easier access to sensitive information. Before a switch announced earlier this year, all encryption keys for Chinese users were stored in the U.S. which meant authorities needed to go through the U.S. legal system to request access to information. Now the situation is based on Chinese courts and a gatekeeper that’s owned by the government.”
Local Company to Control iCloud Data of Chinese Customers
China has strengthened its cyber security laws recently, and following this, Apple transferred its user data to Chinese servers. Chinese authorities stated that cloud services in China must be operated by local companies.
Apple was left with two choices: either offer iCloud under the new laws or discontinue the service. Apple had to comply with the new policies unleashed by the Chinese government as the company wanted to grow in Chinese markets.
Though Tim Cook has criticized this move indirectly, he cannot afford to lose the future largest market. Apple is surely in a tight corner now. On the one hand, Apple has always boasted its privacy policies and on the other, it has to make a compromise with iCloud user data in the world’s biggest smartphone market.
Apple is receiving mixed responses for its policies from industry experts before the launch of its iPhones 2018. Reports say that Apple needs to invest more in its research and development as the company is spending only 5.1% of its revenue.
Recent media bytes also revealed that criminals and cops hate iOS 11.4.1 USB restricted mode.
However, there is a silver lining for Apple as the company has registered 6% increase in US smartphone activation in second quarter of 2018. Notably, its archrival, Samsung clocks a higher failure rate than iPhones.
When government authorities intervene, corporations have to bow down to their powerful voice. Apple wants to do business and grow in the Chinese market, which is unarguably the largest one in Asia.
AT present, Apple can ask its Chinese consumers to select a country other than Chine for their iCloud account. By doing this, they can opt out of local data storage. The best option for Chinese users is to create a new account.
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