Apple Inc. announced today that it is setting up an exclusive data center in China to comply with new cyber-security laws of the country. The American technology giant is one of the first companies to abide by the latest Chinese policy that mandates international conglomerates to store local data domestically.
The iPhone-maker has disclosed that its new facility in China will be built in collaboration with a native data management agency named Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd. The upcoming data center shall run fully on renewable energy. According to Reuters, Apple has planned to invest $1 billion USD (Rs. 6,500 crores approx.) into the new establishment.
In the coming months, all of the Chinese users’ data including those in iCloud will be gradually relocated to the upcoming facility.
Apple has claimed that
The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations.”
Apple’s China Data Center will be located in the southern province of Guizhou. The government of the province is one of the co-founders Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd., which is working together with the Californian technology giant in setting up the high-profile plant.
While China’s new user data policy is receiving lots of criticism, the government authorities have clarified that the rule is not meant to put global companies under pressure, but to protect its citizens from international cyber threats and terrorism.
Apple has stated that the new facility is going to be equipped with an enterprise level of data protection. The company will not let the Chinese government to snoop into the private database. The California-based company said,
No backdoors will be created into any of our systems
As Apple starts constructing its first facility China, Alibaba – the Chinese e-commerce company — already has a handful of data centers across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia.