Apple iCloud China: Last month, Apple finally agreed to open a new Chinese data center to comply with the country’s latest controversial data protection law.
Apple will now transfer the cryptographic keys of its Chinese iCloud users to data centers. Managed by a state-owned company called the Cloud Big Data Industrial Development Co. Despite the concerns of human rights activists.
Apple moves iCloud Data and Encryption keys for Chinese Users in China | Chinese Cybersecurity Law:
In 2017, China approved a Cybersecurity Act that requires “critical information infrastructure operators” to store data from Chinese users within the country’s borders. Which probably forced Apple to collaborate with the new Chinese data center.
And the icing on the cake is that the Chinese government already has a law called the National Security Law, passed in 2015. Which gives the police authority to require companies to help them bypass cryptography or other security tools to access personal data.
This is the first time that Apple has stored the encryption keys needed to unlock the iCloud accounts of its users outside the United States.
In theory, Chinese law enforcement agencies will not have to ask US courts to force Apple to give them access to Chinese user data.
Instead, they will simply use their legal system to request access to the encryption keys needed to unlock the iCloud accounts. Which are stored within their country. Which greatly facilitates access to user data, such as messages, e-mails and photos.
However, Apple claimed that only the company would have access to the encryption keys of iCloud. Which the Chinese authorities will not have backdoors in their data.
What Reuters Said about iCloud Data China Moving and Chinese Cybersecurity Law:
Apple said the company did not provide customer account information to the Chinese authorities despite receiving 176 requests between 2013 and 2017, Reuters said, although all requests were made before the new laws on the law came into effect computer security.
If Apple thinks it would respect a law, that is, store user data in China, but it could resist without complying with other stringent Chinese regulations, the company would have to reconsider its decision.
In recent months, the company has strictly implemented various aspects of Chinese law for its regional operations in the most populous country.
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