Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has started storing personal data of Chinese users on servers in mainland China, according to Reuters. This is the first time Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is saving data on server repositories in China. Apple has confirmed the news and said that this step is to revamp and improve its iCloud services in the country, which were facing some issues in the recent months. Storing data on the servers closer to the users, makes the performance faster and better.
“Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) takes user security and privacy very seriously, we have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland china. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content,” Reuters quoted a statement issued by Apple on Friday.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also said that the all the data will be stored on servers owned by China Telecom Corp Ltd. Reuters also quoted an inside source, which claimed that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is not handing over the encryption keys of users’ data to China Telecom. All encryption keys will be stored offshore, most probably in the US.
The report also touted that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has claimed that its iMessage service is encrypted in such a way that not even the company can breach it, but many experts have raised questions on this claim. Experts are of the view that Apple has all the control of its users’ data and the company can view every detail anytime it wants. Reuters also quoted Jeremy Goldkorn, director of Danwei.com, who stated that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is subject to comply with the regulations imposed by the authorities according to which, the government can ask for users’ private data.