Complying with Chinese law mandating that customer data collected on the China mainland be stored locally, Apple has now officially confirmed that it will be turning over Chinese customers’ iCloud data to a state-owned local partner on February 28.

A support document on Apple’s website confirms the move, saying that starting February 28, 2018, the operation of iCloud services in China will be transferred to Chinese internet services company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data Industrial Development Co., Ltd., (GBCD).

“This will allow us to continue to improve the speed and reliability of iCloud in China and comply with Chinese regulations,” says the firm. Photos, videos, documents, backups and other data will be subject to the new Terms and Conditions of iCloud operated by GCBD.

All Apple IDs with China in their country or region setting will be subject to this transition. “You will be notified of this transition via email and notifications on your devices,” said the firm. “You don’t need to take any further action and can keep using iCloud in China.”

Customers who log on to the Chinese iCloud website are notified of the upcoming change and informed that they can either keep using iCloud or deactivate it come February 28. After February 28, users will need to agree to the new terms to keep using iCloud in China.

Apple provides an opt-out link at icloud.com/optout for those who want to indicate that they would like to deactivate their iCloud account as of February 28, 2018.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple claims it “has strong data-privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems” in China.

Apple also shut down 100+ virtual private network apps last year to abide by Chinese laws.

Complying with the new rules, which the country’s officials say are needed to ensure the privacy of its citizens’ data, Amazon Web Services last year sold computing equipment used for its cloud services in China to its local partner.

  • iBanks

    Damn. China is a tuff place to deal with. Their rules and laws makes one go against their core principles in order to maintain. Sheesh.

    • Anonymouse

      Well you know if Apple weren’t the greedy so and so’s they could always leave the joint and take their business elsewhere. Oh wait they’re greedy so and so’s, so if it’s citizens privacy or cash who does Apple side with? Btw, I like their we’re improving icloud services by moving it to China bull, Funny how only China’s need improving nowhere else in the world needs it. I bet someone at Apple got a promotion for coming uo with that one. 🙂

      • iBanks

        Has nothing to do with greed. You surely just don’t get it.

    • David Gow

      You know it’s a communist country right? . I don’t know why this surprises you.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        The ruling party in Chinese parliament is the “Communist Party” but it is not a “communist country” in the sense that they follow core “communist” ideals and principles. Communism entails that virtually every form of property is state-owned and state-controlled and that a private individual or individuals cannot “own” anything, not even the property that they reside in. You can own property in China and people do get paid in their money currency (i.e. The exchange of goods and services being made possible through monetary means, which isn’t possible in a “Communist country”). So no, China is not a “communist country,” it is a mixed economy as is almost every nation in the world but it does follow a significant amount of communist ideals. That is all.

  • Charlie

    Bye bye freedom and privacy

  • JulianZH

    Unlike NSA, China doing it publicly haha.

  • nonchalont

    Daaang, that’s rough for Chinese citizens. No privacy in China AT ALL.

    • David Gow

      Again it’s a communist country. What do you expect

      • nonchalont

        You’re right. I’m just use to living in the states. If I was born in China, I’d probably be use to it and it wouldn’t be a big deal. My way of thinking would be different.

      • It’s not. China is officially socialist, but has abandoned socialist principles almost immediately after it was formed. It is a capitalist autocracy in practice

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Well said. Just because a ruling party labels itself “the communist party” doesn’t make it a communist nation, or even the party itself for that matter.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Again, not a “communist” country. Please read up on what “communism” is before making such claim.

  • Byambaa

    No backdoor? no backdoor is needed, data is just handed over. Lollest lol of all time lols Apple, oh wait, isheeps will believe Apple, because they said it so.