(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – For the first time ever, Apple will begin storing Chinese user’s data in data centers in China.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the data will be stored on “state-controlled” servers provided by China Telecom.
The tech giant’s recent decision comes as a way to greatly improve the speed and reliability of China’s iCloud. The close proximity of the data centers will allow Chinese users to have faster access to the company’s storage system that allows users to ability to access their music, photos, and documents from any Apple device.
In a statement released on Friday, Apple explained that China Telecom will not have access to any content on its servers.
“Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously,” said the Cupertino based company. “We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content.”
This move from Apple comes as a surprise to many, as quite a few technology companies, especially Google, refuse to build data centers in China due to its strict censorship and privacy laws.