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Apple to build first data centre in China

12 July 2017

Apple's data center will help by speeding up services such as iCloud for Chinese users and also complying with the laws that make it mandatory for foreign companies to store information within the country.

With an investment of US$1bn, the Apple data centre will be launched in the New Area, between Guiyang and Anshun in China's southwest Guizhou province, and its electricity will be exclusively supplied by renewable energy - as is every other data centre owned by the company.

However the statement said that the move would allow Apple "to improve the speed and reliability of our products" however every Apple fanboy would tell you that it is impossible for Apple to be faster without defying the laws of physics.

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However the move puts Apple in a hard position because other tech companies are anxious that the law's strict data surveillance and storage requirements are overly vague, burdening the firms with excessive compliance risks and threatening proprietary data.

The data centre was partly driven by new measures that bolster control over the collection and movement of Chinese users' data, and can also grant the government unprecedented access to foreign companies' technology.

In a statement, Apple outlined the dual benefits of having a data center located in mainland China.

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However the spokesman added, nearly as an after-thought, that the move would enable Apple to comply with newly passed regulations.

However, authorities said that the law is designed keeping in mind the threat of cyber attacks and terrorism.

In April, China also introduced a law which required yearly security reviews of any company transferring over 1,000 gigabytes of data outside China. Further, Apple reasserted its commitment to security and data privacy, adding that it will strictly implement its decision of not creating a backdoor into any of its systems. Apple is one of the first companies to announce its compliance plans. An earlier center in the country, announced in 2015, will come online this year.

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Apple to build first data centre in China