Last month, China unveiled a series of stringent cyber security laws prohibiting tech firms from storing citizens’ data outside the country.
Companies that fail to comply with the new rules could be banned from operating in China again.
So it was only a matter of time until a big tech firm without a Chinese data centre announced plans to build one.
Today, Apple did just that.
The iPhone maker told Reuters it will partner with a local internet services company to build a centre in Guizhou that will process iCloud data.
The partnership forms one part of Apple’s $1bn investment in the southern province. “The addition of this data center will allow us to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,” Apple said in a statement.
While Microsoft and Amazon already have Chinese data centres, Apple is the first firm to announce changes to its data storage plans in light of the new laws.