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  • Apple Complies with New Russian Law, Stores iCloud Data within the Country


    Apple has reportedly partnered with Moscow’s IXcellerate to host iCloud data for users in the country in an attempt to respond to a new law that went into effect on September 1. According to a local newspaper, Kommersant, Apple’s compliance ensures that its online services won’t be blocked in Russia.

    Russia’s government-run communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, has warned that it will begin conducting compliance inspections this year now that the law is in effect. Roughly 2.6 million companies are said to be affected. If a company refuses to host its user data within Russia, Roskomnadzor can restrict access to websites and services for Russian users. Many companies have already agreed to the new rules but others, including Facebook, are said to be hesitant when it comes to complying.

    The new laws governing the internet in Russia were one of the chief reasons cited by Spotify earlier this year when the music streaming service decided to abandon its plans to launch in the country. Spotify wasn’t the only company either, last year Google decided to close its engineering operations in Moscow as criticism over the government’s Internet policies began to grow.

    The move to store data locally isn’t unprecedented for Apple either. The company reportedly began storing Chinese users’ account data to servers owned by China Telecom last year. During this time, Apple made it a point to state that it takes “user security and privacy very seriously.” The Cupertino California company continued by stating that all data stored on the servers is encrypted and couldn’t be accessed by outside parties.

    We’ll have to wait and see how the whole situation pans out but looks like Apple is taking the necessary steps to ensure uptime for its services.

    Source: Kommersant via The Moscow Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Complies with New Russian Law, Stores iCloud Data within the Country started by Akshay Masand View original post