How U.S. iCloud users can ensure their data isn’t migrated to state-owned servers in China

“While Apple yesterday warned Chinese customers that their data would be migrated to local servers managed by a government-owned company from the end of February, TechCrunch reports that some U.S. customers are also being caught up in the migration,” Ben Lovejoy writes for 9to5Mac.

“Apple yesterday announced that the transfer of iCloud data to GCBD servers will take place from February 28. The company issued a reassuring-sounding statement that the same encryption standards would be applied, and that ‘no backdoors will be created into any of our systems,'” Lovejoy writes. “However, Apple’s revised iCloud terms and conditions for the country make it clear that GCBD will have full access to the data.”

“There appear to be a couple of ways that U.S. customers could be included in the migration. First, if an Apple ID was originally created in China, that may remain the country setting even if the customer is now living in the USA. Second, a U.S. customer who has spent some time in China may have changed their country or region during their stay,” Lovejoy writes. “Fortunately, Apple offers a simple alternative. ‘You can edit the country or region setting of your Apple ID to reflect your current country or region.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Information on how to change your Apple ID country or region via Apple’s support pages is here.

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      1. Jobs’ worse mistake was not following professional medical advice. Jobs could have had added years, if not decades, to life had he received advanced medical treatment.

        1. No, Steve’s worst mistake was in persuading Pepsico CEO John Sculley to lead Apple Computer, Inc. Otherwise, Steve would not have been exiled from the company he founded, and there might never have been an abduction by Bill Gates of the Macintosh GUI and its perversion into Windows, one of the more crass moral crimes of twentieth-century commerce. And there wouldn’t have been a need for Steve to make a comeback and rescue Apple from bankruptcy. He’d have been like Donald Trump—a straight-line rags-to-riches story without any detours. (Donald had only a very small loan from his father to start out.)

    1. I wish you would say, “US’s most prosperous company,” or “the country of the the United States most respected tech company,” or…. You may have better phrasing.

  1. Don’t have your info on the cloud in the first place. Certain info needs to be locked up and difficult to get to. Just ask those celebrities who had their data hacked on Apple’s cloud. These corporations want to make you believe that you need to have ALL your info at your finger tips, no you don’t.

  2. Maybe Chinese want to have their data kept safe from NSA and FBI.

    European countries should also make sure that their data stays in the EU. Especially now when there is this Shithole Orange Dork as a president of the USA.

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