L ocally stored iCloud data in China is now being moved by a state-run telecommunicatis firm, according to a new report.
Data, which includes text messages, emails and other information stored in iCloud, will be stored by a divisi of China Telecom – a telecom firm owned and operated by the Chinese
China Telecom's Tianyi cloud storage business divisi has agreed to a deal to take over for Apple's original China iCloud partner, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD). GCBD, which is run by the Guizhou provincial government, has been storing the iCloud data since Apple migrated it over this year.
The move was first reported by China Telecom itself, which announced the change in a WeChat post this week. Apple cfirmed it to TechCrunch but noted that China Telecom wagered a deal with GCBD directly – not Apple.
Apple first made the change to local stored data to a new set of Chinese cybersecurity regulatis require foreign firms to store user data locally. The laws also required that the encrypti keys be stored in China.
While Apple said it would retain ctrol of its encrypti keys during the migrati to GCBD servers, the stricter cybersecurity laws required those to be stored in China, too. It is not clear that the future of the United States will be