Apple (APPL.NASDAQ) has started storing some Chinese users’ data on servers in mainland China operated by state-run China Telecom Com (CHA.NYSE), Reuters reported, citing a Friday statement made by the company. Apple said the move was part of an effort to improve the speed and reliability of its iCloud service. Apple has also said it takes “user security and privacy very seriously” and has devised encryption systems for services such as iMessage that even Apple itself cannot unlock. But some experts expressed scepticism that Apple would be able to withhold user data in the event of a government request.
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