Apple Setting up Data Center in China to Comply with New Cybersecurity Law

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 12 Jul 2017

Apple's hero store in China

Apple is setting up its first data centre in China in partnership with a local internet services company. This move will allow the company to comply with the tough cyber-security laws in China that were introduced last month. 

Apple will be building its new data center in the southern province of Guizhou, with local Chinese company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry handling the data management. This data center is a part of Apple’s $1 billion investment in the Guizhou province.

“The addition of this data centre will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,” Apple said in a statement to Reuters.

New data security laws in China require cloud services to be operated by local Chinese companies which is why Apple is partnering with a local company to ensure it is able to offer its iCloud services in the region. The move makes Apple the first foreign company to comply with the new laws. Other foreign businesses have been less welcoming of the new data surveillance law and will further burden them with more compliance risks. Apart from Apple, Amazon and Microsoft also have their own data centers in China.

Despite a new data center in China, an Apple spokesperson made it clear that the company will not be creating any backdoors in its systems for unauthorised access to anyone.

[Via Reuters]