20 Jul Chinese Govt Able to Access iCloud Data in Local Servers
Privacy activists are warning that the Chinese government already has access to iCloud data stores in China-based servers, with emails, pictures and text messages of users now being managed by a division of the state-owned firm, China Telecom.
Apple initially partnered with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development [GCBD] which was tasked to handle operations of iCloud services for users in mainland China. However, it was recently confirmed that China Telecom’s Tianyi Cloud division has signed with GCBD to provide storage for iCloud China, a move that privacy advocates said would give the government easier access to the data.
The advocates further warned that this could mean that the data is already vulnerable to state surveillance. However, Apple said that it had to store data locally to comply with local cybersecurity laws.