Apple's China Data Storage Portends Localization Movement

Law360, New York (August 22, 2014, 5:52 PM EDT) -- Apple Inc. recently separated itself from its U.S. competitors by announcing it would begin using Chinese servers owned by China Telecom Corp. Ltd to store local user information, a move attorneys say likely will spur others to follow suit, especially with mounting pressure to localize data in light of revelations of widespread surveillance by the U.S. and other countries.

Apple revealed on Aug. 15 that it had decided to add China Telecom to its list of data center providers to “increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China.” The company stressed that all of the data would be...

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