Apple sets up China datacentre to meet new cybersecurity rules

Apple sets up China datacentre to meet new cybersecurity rules
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BEIJING - Apple Inc has set up its first datacentre in China, in partnership with a local Internet services company, to comply with tougher cybersecurity laws introduced by Beijing last month, it said.

The US company said on July 12 it was setting up the facility in the southern province of Guizhou with data management firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd (GCBD).

A spokesman told Reuters this would form part of a planned US$1bil (RM4.29bil) investment by Apple into the province.

"The addition of this datacentre will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations," the company said in a statement to Reuters.

"These regulations require cloud services be operated by Chinese companies so we're partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud."

Apple also said that it had strong data privacy and security protections in place.

"No backdoors will be created into any of our systems," it said.

China, on June 1, brought in a new cybersecurity law that codifies much stricter controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that firms store all data within China and pass security reviews.

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