The Chinese government's requirement that data be stored on servers within the country has sparked ongoing concerns about privacy.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is trying to put some of those fears to rest.
"The same encryption that Apple uses in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, and in France and in the UAE, is the same encryption we use in China," Cook said Monday in an interview with NPR.
The location of data storage isn't equivalent to access, Cook said, adding that Apple doesn't record or store any iMessages.
Earlier this year to comply with new laws, Apple began storing iCloud data in China -- the world's largest phone market with about 131 million iPhone users.
That iCloud data includes messages, emails and photos backed up from Apple devices.