Apple is building a data center in China to meet new government requirements

Last month, China drew some inspiration from Russia and passed a new law, requiring that foreign companies must store their data, related to Chinese operations, in the country itself. A lot of firms opposed the law, but it seems that Apple is not among them.

The Cupertino tech giant today announced that it will be building a new data center in the southern province of Guizhou, China. The new facilities are part of a planned $1 billion investment into the province, on Apple's part.

Apple is the first non-Chinese company that decided to play ball with local authorities. Other companies claim that the new laws are burdening and will put proprietary data at risk. Apple, on the other hand, says that it has strong cybersecurity measures in place and that “no backdoors will be created into any of [their] systems.”

The Chinese government lists prevention of cyber attacks and terrorism as the main reason for the law to pass. However, the opinion that any data stored on Chinese ground is fair game for government surveillance is also circulating around the Internet.

Either way, Apple is known for being extremely serious about user privacy, so we can only assume that it will do its best to protect it in any way possible.

via Reuters



1. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

"Apple is known for being extremely serious about user privacy" *icloud hack*

2. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No matter what apple says, Chinese govt will have control of this data centre one way or other.

3. Joosty

Posts: 477; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

China and their special requirements lol.... For example, our company needs to create a whole new option for the cars we are building (Teslas) to meet the new electric charging standards of the Chinese Market.

4. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I for one have to say BAD APPLE!!! Tim Cook and the board of directors have made a bad move that will haunt APPLE and its users in the long run-IF they plan to store data here from devices that also are used in other countries like the US ( cloud center). Hacking by the Chinese government is inevitable no matter what Apple thinks. And for crying out loud why does an American company that could supply American jobs always seem to choice a foreign country instead of the county that makes it successful? I mean I understand economics - right now China has cheap labor and company x from the US can produce products there for 2 cent and sell them back in the US for $500 plus dollars. But the irony is that if they keep shipping these jobs to other countries and Americans don't have work who can afford to but their products for $500.00 and why don't we as Americans demand that companies like Microsoft, Ora-cal, Google and the soon to be "first Trillion dollar company" Apple stop moving our Jobs overseas? why don't we send a message and refuse to buy their goods when they do blatant things like this? I'm sorry for the rant but this is so much a slap in the face and Americans refuse to wake up and see what these multi-national corps are doing? I mean come on Tax evasion of not wanting to even pay 1% taxes in Ireland ( yes, Apple needs to pay its fair share of US taxes- so does Google, MS, etcc.) and keeping billions of shore yet we continue to support them? Don't know how this make the rest of you feel but please feel free to sound off and if you don't agree with me that fine but give me real factual reasons why these corporations should continue to operate with out impunity and why we keep supporting them.

5. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

So Apple won't give any data relating to ISIS (claiming un-lock/hack-able) to our US gov't but WOULD (no opposition at all) give all required user data to Chinese gov't? Interesting.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

When it comes to profits we know that corporations will sell out their grandmothers. Apple wants a piece of the Chinese market and that just part of doing business what I find infuriating is that as an American home grown company they refuse to ever invest in any R&D, Manufacturing, Data storage etc.. in the US outside of silicon valley. why not built something in New York, Texas, North Caroline etc.. to help create jobs and give back to its home country where it makes its bread and butter. And why resist paying any taxes on the 2 billion it has off shore- that could help unburden the middle class working folks that buy Apple products. now this goes not just for Apple but MS, Google, QC, etc.. imagine if they all paid their fair share of taxes and had even small manufacturing, R&D, Data storage, etc plants outside California in other states.

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

So sad. Guys no more comments on this? does this upset you or do you find it okay?

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