Apple decided to start storing iCloud data for some Chinese customers in an effort to improve the speed and reliability for those customers in the region. Customers in the are illl see improvements when downloading pictures, email and other data. It is the first time the company is storing user data on Chinese soil.
"Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously," it said. "We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland china. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content."
Apple says it has developed an encryption system for services like iMessage that even it cannot unlock, however some are skeptic that Apple would not hand over data in an event of a government request.