Apple said to be storing users' personal data in China

Apple said to be storing users' personal data in China
For the first time ever, Apple is believed to be storing personal data belonging to its customers in China, on servers located inside the country. Apple says that this information is being kept there to improve the speed and quality of its iCloud service. The closer the data is being stored to the customer, the faster things like photos, emails and other content can be recalled by the customer.

The information is being kept on servers owned by China Telecom. Despite this, Apple claims that the carrier cannot access the information kept on its own machines. Encryption keys connected to the data being stored, will be kept offshore and will not be made available to China Telecom. Despite all this, most experts feel that Apple would have to turn over data in the case of an official government request. That is also a possibility with data stored by Apple in the U.S., where authorities can request a court order and demand private data stored by Apple.


source: Reuters

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41 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

NSA has access to it though ;)

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Chinese authorities have access to the data as well....

28. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

So what's new in the news...?

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Oh Lawd. More data gathered the better. --chinese govt

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO, dude my mom says oh Lawd every time she gets up off the couch lol. She's an elderly southern lady, that's their catch phrase lol. Gotta love that woman bro.

3. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Spy ware alert

4. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

After all its made in china

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

thats why i love Apple.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17132; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly! Now the Chinese won't try and hack the iPhone, potentially messing it up. They can just get your info from their own servers. That's thoughtful.

6. Locutus unregistered

#Lumia1520 #MakeSwitch

23. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

Wow you are hired by microsoft right?

7. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Interesting, though I believe the NSA/CIA e.t.c. already pulled the "You are a US company, you are under US law no matter where your servers are located." card, I think it was a case with microsoft and some servers in ireland or something like that, so I don't think any server in any country is safe, apple, android, google, whateever, as long as they are a US based company.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

News flash, everyone's personal data is stored locally or remotely. No way around it. The NSA has their hands in everything, and all these world agencies co operate. Post #7 by xondk is spot on. +1 man.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

One word trust. Who do you trust? At my level I can not understand the important of my contacts in the commercial sense. However, everyone seems interested. Apple captures it with Apple id, Google thru Google account, Samsung thru Samsung account, Xiaomi thru MiCloud. My photo is also uploaded to various cloud services such as Dropbox, Google drive and MiCloud. Every thing come down to trust. I don't trust any of them with sensitive information. I put them in msecure an encryption app.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do you think that's keeps them absolutely 100% secure from any agency?

18. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Probably not 100% as nothing is 100% secure. But its much more secure than putting stuff on the net where everyone can get their hands on it

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah that's true. Hackers lurk.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's just my financial details and its logins details. I am making it hard for general hacking attempts and prying eyes when someone has access to my phone. . I don't think there a need to hide them from the government as they already have access to those information if need be.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's how I am, I feel like we can't keep it from the govt. anyway, so why try.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

I like how they titled this "Apple said to be storing users' personal data in China" when they mean that Chinese iCloud storage for Chinese is stored on servers in China

15. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

No. iCloud

25. kevin91202

Posts: 640; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Um, yeah. I don't know why you would be confused. Why would Apple store non-Chinese users info in China? It's obvious that it refers to Apple users in China. If the title had read "Apple said to be storing users' personal data in the US," would you have thought that Apple was storing personal datat of users from China in the United States? Of course not! The original title of the article is fine. Please think globally, and not Euro/Ameri-centrically.

27. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

"globally" That's exactly what the heII he was talking about. Where did he even mention Europe or the Americas? The title didn't point to Chinese users specifically. It may be fine with you, because it's very likely that you are being Chinese-centric here. China isn't the earth. China isn't global. Remember that. Do you know what global mean?

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Apple is always happy to sell man for profit.

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

They have billions, and still not happy Greed

43. AlikMalix unregistered

Art and 0xFfff, u both make such a cute couple.

24. chaoscauser

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Don't Xiaomi and Huawei store Americans personal data? It's even I think.

40. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good point. If Apple is only storing Chinese users info in China, and truly that seems legit.. How do we accept Xiaomi storing all users data in China? This is, Safe?

29. fatTony

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

This "revelation" means very little to the average user. Watch the lines at stores for the upcoming iPhone.

44. AlikMalix unregistered

Why would I worry about Chinese apple users having their iCloud files stored in China. -- read the article.

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