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Chinese state-owned Company has Access to Apple Cloud

Apple is proactively censoring its Chinese app store and storing data on its Chinese customers on servers managed by Chinese state-owned enterprises, according to new research by The New York Times. The newspaper was able to evaluate internal documents for the first time and conducted interviews with former and current employees of the corporation. According to the report, the U.S. company has ceded legal ownership of user data in the Apple Cloud (“iCloud”) to a Chinese company – in part to comply with the terms of China’s cybersecurity law. If Chinese authorities want to access the data, they ask Apple’s business partner directly. Apple believes this gives the company legal protection from U.S. laws that prohibit U.S. companies from sharing the data, according to the New York Times. This compromise has made it nearly impossible for the company to prevent the Chinese government from gaining access to the emails, photos, documents and locations of millions of Chinese people, the newspaper said.

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