Apple confirms some iCloud users received China data migration notice in error

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company's servers was done so accidentally.

Apple announced on Wednesday, December 10, that local user accounts for its iCloud services in mainland China would be handled by internet services firm Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), meaning that the data would be physically stored in China.

Apple verified the contents of the email but didn't offer further comment. No changes have been made to your iCloud account. He declined to share his full name in case his secondary account is identified and closed.

It was not immediately clear how many users in all received these warnings from Apple or how the company identified the users to send the notices. The news follows an from past year about the impending change-over. A subtle but important detail for users in China and elsewhere. "Apple has strong data privacy and security protections in place and no backdoors will be created into any of our systems".

However, some users say they are unconvinced and will disable their accounts.

The email, obtained by TechCrunch, reads in part: "We are very sorry that you received this email".

While it was not meant to affect any overseas accounts, TechCrunch editor Wang Boyuan noticed that his USA iCloud account was also included in the Chinese transfer. TechCrunch later discovered a number of U.S. iCloud users received the email meant for Chinese customers.

The services of in China will be operated by a local partner in Guizhou province from February 28, where the data of all Apple customers in China will be stored, the company said Wednesday.

IANSreports that Apple, which announced its first data centre in China will be operational from February, mistakenly sent a notice to some of the US users saying their iCloud data is being migrated to the servers in the Asian country.

Apple is one of the first countries to hand data storage to locally-owned servers in China, while services from fellow tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter remain blocked in the country.

Cupertino announced the billion-dollar joint data centre last July.