Apple’s iCloud change in China isn’t a change at all. Here’s why.
Apple’s Chinese partner moves user data from one state-run company to another
But there really isn’t much of a change here. Since February, Apple has entrusted its iCloud operations with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) -- a Chinese firm with known ties to the Chinese government. The move was made to comply with China’s cybersecurity law that came into effect last year.
Essentially, that means if your iCloud account is registered in mainland China -- your photos, email, contacts, calendar and other data synced to iCloud remain in the servers of state-run companies.
On Weibo, some people seem unhappy that Apple has separate servers for Chinese iCloud users.
Others think that despite Apple’s assertion that it’s the only one with access, the Chinese government can access their data anyway.