Apple Spends $1B on New China Datacenter

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  1. FrgMstr

    FrgMstr Just Plain Mean Staff Member

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    Reuters is reporting that Apple is building a new datacenter in Guizhou, China. It is doing this in order to abide by China's new strict cybersecurity laws. But don't worry, no data surveillance is going to happen. None at all.

    An Apple spokesman in Shanghai told Reuters the center is part of a planned $1 billion investment into the province.

    "These regulations require cloud services be operated by Chinese companies so we're partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud," it said, referring to its online data storage service.

    "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 to Reuters.

    Apple also said it had strong data privacy and security protections in place. "No backdoors will be created into any of our systems," it said.
     
  2. Shintai

    Shintai [H]ardness Supreme

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    Apple also just signed a 1B$ In Aabenraa, Denmark. They already have one at Viborg under construction at 166000m2.

    They are building a lot lately. I guess they have new services under way as well.
     
  3. SomeoneElse

    SomeoneElse [H]ard|Gawd

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    Being global is a double edged sword, "no backdoors" just full acces right in front of your face....;)
     
  4. PaulP

    PaulP Gawd

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    IIRC, China requires that any encrypted services make their keys available to the government upon request. So, as others have said, no back doors are necessary; they can just come in through the front door whenever they wish.
     
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  5. Maxx

    Maxx [H]ard|Gawd

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    It's also a bit like where the US automatically puts you on a list if you use TOR or a VPN - simply using encryption likely puts you on their radar (if you decided to use additional techniques to safeguard your information/data).
     
  6. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    This entire facility cost them about what a soda costs me from the Coke machine on my property, in terms of an analog of the cost.

    In other words, pocket change. :D

    Also:

    THIS, A BILLION FUCKING TIMES OVER THIS... people just don't seem to understand it's not actually about the device or operating system level security anymore: in today's connected world with networked "everything" the data is compromised en route to and from sources and destinations more often than individual or even mass numbers of devices are compromised.
     
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  7. YeuEmMaiMai

    YeuEmMaiMai [H]ardForum Junkie

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    now you know why the new iPhone is rumored to cost upwards of 1500
     
  8. PhaseNoise

    PhaseNoise [H]ard|Gawd

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    Yes, it's the lack of a front door which may be worrying.