Apple will store some iCloud encryption keys in China, raising security concerns

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Last month, Apple announced that it would hand over the administration of its iCloud data in China to a local state-owned company in China called the Cloud Big Data Industrial Development Co (GCBD) in late February to comply with the new laws. Now, Reuters reports that Apple will also have iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users in China, raising new concerns about government access. The new policy does not affect any iCloud user outside of China.
As noted by Reuters, that compliance means that Chinese authorities will have easier access to the data of users stored in Apple's iCloud service, especially now that, for the first time, Apple will store the keys for Chinese iClouds within China. Apple says it would only control the encryption keys, and the Chinese authorities have no "back door" to access the data. Until now, such keys were stored exclusively in the USA. UU To all users.
As of February 28, Apple's operation of iCloud services in the country will be transferred to GCBD. Reuters spoke to human rights activists who said there was a fear that those in power could use the new rules to track down dissidents. In a statement, Apple said it "had to comply with recently introduced Chinese laws that require that cloud services offered to Chinese citizens be operated by Chinese companies and that data be stored in China." Apple said its values ​​do not change although it is "subject to the laws of each country."
Apple's attempt to capitalize on one of its fastest growing markets has been juggling consumer rights and business opportunities. Last year, the company controversially removed VPN applications from its application store in China, claiming that it was only following the law to continue operating there. He also slipped into the Chinese market in several winks during his main product launch conferences, as references to WeChat during his previous Apple Watch demos. Apple chief executive Tim Cook will also be co-chairman of the China Development Forum in March.
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