Following the leaks of nude photos of celebrities after their iCloud accounts were hacked, Zhou Wei is reluctant to use Apple's cloud-based storage service.
"I prefer to store all my information on a mobile hard disk drive rather than use iCloud, although the latter is more advanced and convenient," said the 26-year-old, who works for a Beijing self-media company.
The release online of nude pictures of stars, including Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson, that were stored on iCloud has raised concerns about the security of such services and privacy protection in the big data era. Zhou regularly backs up anything she wants to keep on mobile hard disks because she does not fully trust her account number and password in the big data space.
Qi Xiangdong, president of Qihoo 360, China's largest cyber security service provider, said the issue has drawn lots of attention in China "because online security and privacy protection have much to do with State security".
Qi, along with several Web security specialists, wants China's legislature to put a personal information protection law on its agenda. Such a law should clarify what kind of online data should be protected, as well as the obligations of big data companies to boost the industry's self-discipline.
Following the recent hacking of celebrities' iCloud accounts, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised better security features to prevent similar leaks in the future.