Apple has announced it is setting up its first data centre in China.
The facility is being developed in conjunction with a local company – Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry and will be used to deliver its iCloud services to the public.
“This data centre 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.
“No backdoors will be created into any of our systems.”
China introduced a law in June that requires overseas-based companies to both store data about its citizens locally and to give Chinese companies control over the operation of the computer servers involved.
Apple has said it will retain the relevant encryption keys and has indicated the move will not compromise users’ privacy.
But some experts have suggested it could put the company under more pressure to acquiesce to government demands in the case of future disputes.