On Wednesday, Apple announced that it will open a data centre in China for the first time in order to comply with new cyber-security laws introduced last month. As part of the move, the iPhone maker will begin a partnership with data management company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry.
According to an Apple spokesperson speaking to Reuters, the data centre is part of a planned 1 billion US dollar investment in the province of Guizhou:
“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 has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems."
"These regulations require cloud services to be operated by Chinese companies so we’re partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud.”
Aside from this being Apple’s first data centre in the country, it is also the first foreign firm to announce amendments for the storage of Chinese users’ data following the introduction of the new cyber-security law last month. Some other American companies such as Microsoft and Amazon already have data centres setup in China.