Apple Opens New Data Center in China to Comply with the PRC’s New Cybersecurity Law
By Quinn Dang
In a move that sets the stage for other global companies doing business in China, Apple announced on July 12, 2017, that it will open a new data center in China to locally host data in order to comply with China’s new cyber security law. The law, which took effect in June, imposes a number of cybersecurity obligations, one of the most significant of which was that personal information and other important data collected in China by certain entities are required to be stored domestically.
Apple plans to build the data center in the southern province of Guizhou to house all data for its customers in China using Apple’s iCloud service. (
The Chinese cybersecurity law’s requirement to host data of Chinese customers on local servers could
The move represents a marquee “win” for PRC regulators and will force other foreign companies to consider seriously the need to make similar decisions if they wish to continue to operate in China.
For more on the sweeping law, read Paul Hasting’s analysis