Apple has decided to move its iCloud accounts registered in mainland China to the state-run Chinese servers. These datacenters are managed by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), which is owned by the government of Guizhou province.
GCBD will also have unrestricted access to the digital keys needed to unlock users’ personal data.
Apple has fought for privacy rights in the Unites States and it opposed a judge’s order to break into the iPhone of one of the terrorists who carried out the deadly attack in San Bernardino in December 2016.
Apple’s compliance of China’s regulations on cloud services shows the ultimate power of business interests.
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