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Apple to begin storing Chinese cloud data on mainland

Country's cybersecurity law mandates transfer for users who continue service

A man looks at his phone outside an Apple store in Shanghai.   © Reuters

CHONGQING -- Apple will move cloud data collected from Chinese consumers to a site within the nation's borders next month, in compliance with the one-party state's internet security legislation that took effect in June 2017.

Starting Feb. 28, the U.S. tech giant will delegate operation of its iCloud service to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry, an entity owned by Guizhou Province, the People's Daily newspaper reported. The Communist Party mouthpiece also said Apple was to begin sending notifications of the change to users Wednesday.

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