Guizhou Province to Oversee Apple’s iCloud Facility in China

Guizhou Province to Oversee Apple’s iCloud Facility in China

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Apple's iCloud Facility in China
A man walks past the Appple Inc. logo displayed outside one of the company's stores while the Oriental Pearl Tower, right, stands in Shanghai, China, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. China's services industries grew at the fastest pace since August as gains in retailing and construction aid government efforts to drive a recovery in the world's second-biggest economy. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Apple’s iCloud Facility in China

In July, Apple said it had established its initial information center in China, from the southern province of Guizhou, in partnership with a local Web services firm, to comply with tougher cyber-security legislation.  The information center forms part of Apple’s planned $1 billion investment from the state. Apple’s iCloud Facility in China

“The provincial government has decided to form a growth and coordination working committee to hasten the setting from Apple’s iCloud project,” it said in a Chinese language announcement.

In late July, Apple stated it was eliminating virtual personal network (VPN) services from its app store in China, a move which drew criticism from VPN service providers, who accuse the US company of bowing to pressure from Chinese cyber regulators.

An Apple spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple's iCloud Facility in China

China is a key market for Apple, though the US tech group has come under pressure from authorities in recent months to comply with stringent data laws and help in curtailing access to content that is overseas.

China introduced a legislation on June 1 which imposes controls over information than in the USA and Europe, such as mandating that companies pass security reviews and store all information over China and has started to police the Web.

China’s Guizhou province, in which Apple has established its initial data center in the country, intends to make a working committee chaired by communist party members to oversee the US firm’s iCloud facility.

The Guizhou government said on its website (www.gzgov.gov.cn) that the Apple iCloud working committee could be composed of approximately 10 members, including Guizhou’s Executive Vice Governor Qin Rupei, Deputy Secretary-general Ma Ningyu and other officials.