With Apple's presence inside of China growing more expansive by the day, it comes as no surprise that the company has had to increase its digital footprint inside of the world's most populous nation.

According to published reports Friday, Apple's close ties to the Chinese people have now resulted in the company beginning to store user data on Chinese servers. For now, we're told, only data related to Chinese users is housed on the servers located on mainland China.

Fox Business confirms that this is the first time Apple has stored user data inside of China. In this case, the servers are provided by China Telecom Corp Ltd, the third-largest wireless carrier in China.

"Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously," a statement regarding the matter from Apple reads. "We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland china. All data stored with our providers is encrypted. China Telecom does not have access to the content."

For security reasons, we're told, encryption keys to access the servers will only be kept offshore, meaning that not even China Telecom can access the data.

Source: Fox Business