China has been outwardly vocal about Apple and its national security concerns. The country has suggested that iOS tracks its citizens and has expressed other concerns about Apple’s data storage practices. Now, in an effort to help comfort China — an increasingly important market for Apple, the company is storing Chinese iCloud data locally.
The Wall Street Journal said Friday that Apple is now storing iCloud data on servers owned by China Telecom, instead of on its typical iCloud servers located in the United States. The switch started just last week, on August 8, according to the local carrier. “After 15 months of stringent tests and evaluation, China Telecom has become Apple’s only cloud service provider in China,” the company said, according to a statement provided to The Wall Street Journal.
China Telecom is a state-owned company, which means that the iCloud data is now essentially in the hands of the government instead of a private company like Apple. I’d rather have it protected by Apple, or any private company for that matter, though we certainly have our own data privacy issues here in the U.S.