Apple is letting go of the idea to offer full iCloud encryption after many years due to complaints from FBI.
The tech giant offers full encryption for on-device data but when it comes to iCloud, Apple and its users have one key each — in case users need the company to help them retrieve their data. However, after discussing with the FBI, the tech giant now decided to scrape off about full iCloud encryption.
This is seen as Apple’s willingness to aid the government and law enforcement agencies, though there have been several conflicts in the past. Back in 2016, Apple had a court battle with the FBI as the law enforcement agency wanted the company to decrypt an iPhone used in a mass shooting in San Bernadino. Apple refused to create a “backdoor” as it will weaken the security of all its iPhones.
Recently, Apple was again asked to do the same with a Pensacola case; U.S. Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump attacked Apple and accused the company of being uncooperative, but Apple denied those claims in its statement, revealing that it has been providing the iCloud backups of the shooter’s phones.
Well, at least we can still depend on Apple is we somehow lose or forget our encryption keys.