Apple has confirmed the construction of its first data center in China, to be located in the southern province of Guizhou. The California Company will launch this facility in collaboration with local data management company Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), in order to comply with the cyber security laws that came into force last June.
Apple fits China. The company has announced the installation of its first data center in China to accelerate its cloud services (iCloud) in the country, complying with local laws. The Chinese legal framework obliges multinational companies to maintain the information with which they operate within the country not abroad.
“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” the company said in a statement.
The new facility, which will be entirely powered by renewable energy, will be built in Guizhou province. The cost of the project will be $ 1 billion. The Cupertino Company who store information from Chinese users into another country, will now bound to store all the users’ information to the new facility in the coming months.
The construction of this new data center is also driven by new legal measures that reinforce control over the collection and movement of Chinese user data. Along that, local legislation can give the government unprecedented access to the technology of foreign companies.
“Apple has great data privacy and security protections in the area and no back doors will be created in any of our systems,” said the US multinational.
Apple had strong data privacy and security protections in place.”No backdoors will be created into any of our systems,” said the US multinational.
According to the Government, the Chinese legislation is designed to combat terrorism, not to create impediments to foreign companies. The step taken by Apple is important, since it is the first company that has announced that they will comply with it.
Apple’s may have partnership with a local company, but it is not exactly a pioneer. Other Western technology companies such as Microsoft and IBM have run their own cloud services in the country for several years.