To comply with a new regulation of the Chinese government, Apple had started transitioning the data of its iCloud users in the country to servers hosted in Mainland China. The rules mandated that a local Chinese company will manage the servers in the country.
Back then, the iCloud servers in China were being operated by Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data which is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China. Now, as TechCrunch reports, all iCloud data of Chinese users are now being stored by a division of the China Telecom which is owned by the Chinese government. Apple has also confirmed this change.
For anyone who cares about their privacy, this will ring some serious bells. The Chinese government does not really give much value to the privacy of its citizens. The move also means that the Chinse government can easily get access to user data stored in China Telecom’s servers. Previously, it had to go through the U.S. rules and regulations but now with the data being stored in China and managed by a Chinese company, this process becomes easier for the company.
If you live in China and don’t want your data to be stored on an iCloud server located in the region, you can change your account’s country to any other region other than China. However, there’s no clarity on whether this will delete all your existing data stored on the Chinese servers or not. Thus, starting over with a new account might just be the best solution here.[Via TechCrunch]