2020 Jan 21, 6:53am
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Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complainedApple Inc (AAPL.O) 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. ...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.The long-running tug of war between investigators’ concerns about security and tech companies’ desire for user privacy moved back into the public spotlight last week, as U.S. Attorney General William Barr took the rare step of publicly calling on Apple to unlock two iPhones used by a Saudi Air Force officer who shot dead three Americans at a Pensacola, Florida naval base last month.
Telegram CEO Pavel Durov has blasted Apple, calling iCloud a surveillance tool and said that apps that use iCloud storage or for backups are helping to drive the surveillance culture.On Telegram, Durov said:“iCloud is now officially a surveillance tool. Apps that are relying on it to store your private messages (such as WhatsApp) are part of the problem,”Durov's comments come on the back of today's shock report from Reuters. According to a former Apple employee to Reuters, the tech giant will no longer roll out end-to-end encryption for iCloud backups. What's more, it is speculated that the US domestic security agency FBI might be the reason why.