Chinese Database of Apple's iCloud to Be Controlled by State-Run Firm

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Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. Use of the services and all the data you store with iCloud-including photos, videos, documents and backups-will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of iCloud operated by GCBD. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple past year invested $1bn in a data centre to meet local regulations, which require foreign companies to their data related to Chinese operations in the country itself.

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Apple has today announced a date for its operational move of iCloud customer data for residents of mainland China, from USA data centers to a new facility located locally in Guizhou. In Apple's message sent to mainland Chinese customers, the company says the new operations setup will "enable us to continue improving the speed and reliability of iCloud and to comply with Chinese regulations".

Control over iCloud, Apple's cloud data storage, in China will be transferred to state-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co., Ltd. on February 28, the IT giant told the Chinese People's Daily newspaper on Wednesday.

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Apple announced the new database in Guizhou last July, with an investment of Dollars 1 billion.

Guizhou is one of the least developed regions in China.

The provincial government has set up a leading group for big data, with the provincial governor as leader. Amazon recently announced it was selling off the hardware infrastructure from its public cloud business to a Chinese partner called Sinnet to comply with the same laws.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.