Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company's iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Hey uhhh stupid question here. People have already pointed out that the title is a bit misleading and only refers to iCloud backups, meaning your phone is still encrypted and Apple won’t give access to the gov right?
So am I right in having some respect for Apple for being seemingly the only company to stand up to the US gov and refuse to provide back door entry in the name of privacy? Are there other companies that have done this? Or am i completely misguided and Apple only does this as a formality. Would appreciate a reply on this.
Well, whatever it is Apple has done or is doing with regard to this topic, be fair to the users of your products and inform them in plain English about how secure and private our data is. At least that gives us a choice to determine our next move.
Just do a tethered back up. They are still able to be encrypted. I don’t like that Apple isn’t doing end to end encryption on iCloud backups but at least backing up to a computer is able to be encrypted.
The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported. It shows how much Apple has been willing to help U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies, despite taking a harder line in high-profile legal disputes with the government and casting itself as a defender of its customers’ information.
God, it just gets worse and worse. Apple doesn’t even follow their own privacy rules that they praise so much! Spying and controlling the population becomes easier and easier for the higher rank government. Let me know what you guys think.