According to Apple Inc., iCloud services in mainland China will be transferred to cloud company in Guizhou and will be responsible for the operation starting from February 28 this year, Chinese media People’s Daily is reporting. 

Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development Co., Ltd. (GCBD, 云上贵州公司) will be responsible for iCloud operations in mainland China and will have legal and financial relations with iCloud users in mainland China. The company was approved for operation by the People’s Government of Guizhou Province in November 2014, meaning that the company is sponsored by Guizhou Big Data Development Administration and supervised by the Board of Supervisors of Guizhou State-owned enterprises.

In July 2016, Apple set up its first data center in China in an effort to comply with country’s newly passed cybersecurity regulations. The data center project is part of the tech giant’s planned $1 billion investment in Guizhou province and is operated in partnership with GCBD.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com