The Cupertino-based firm has reportedly given up on finally deploying end-to-end encryption on its iCloud to increase the security of its cloud storage space.
According to the latest information, this is due to an influence is imposed by the FBI the U.S. Federal Police, although some believe that the pressure came from the other hand. Indeed, it could be that the renunciation of end-to-end encryption has instead allowed Apple to avoid some problems on its iPhone.
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Indeed, if we remember, it was in all the press where it was echoed the desire of the Cupertino firm to further increase its it security requirements, in October, for a procedure of encryption of its terminals. This coincided with an altercation with the U.S. company with the federal police regarding access to encrypted content from iPhones apartment to people involved in criminal acts or other police requirements. This was totally opposed to Apple's plan to make iCloud data completely inaccessible even to Apple the same.
however it is now 4 years since this project was carried out. According to the news agency Reuters, the project had been abandoned for two years now. According to the news agency, the information would have fled from six different sources in the Apple itself. same if these sources do reveal not the real ones reasons why Apple abandon this rather ambitious project. But what Reuters mentions is that during this period, there have been very frequent exchanges between Apple and the U.S. Federal Police. The reasons for these discussions, of course, were the idea of end encryption in the end of iCloud.
from our side, we can assume that one of the reasons that would have legitimized the fact that Apple gave up to this idea, it is to see his image degraded by the media that could have perhaps to advance the idea that American society was helping criminals and offenders during court proceedings, which could inevitably have led to towards a trial, or serve favorable arguments for anti-encryption laws. For even under President Barack Obama, it had been envisaged several to introduce legislation allowing the government to require the implementation of the backdoors in encryption systems, which was going to allow, of course, the authorities to access the contents of certain platforms in the event of investigations. Apple didn't want this time yet reason for anti-encryption after his disagreement with the FBI following the case Bernardino's shooting.
This abandonment is not seen with a good eye by all. Indeed EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), an advocacy and advocacy group freedom in the digital field, has openly expressed its desire to see Apple encrypts the entire content of iPhone data. For her, even Apple should not be able to access the data that is automatically direct to the iCloud. And for good reason", "It makes these vulnerable to government demands, piracy by disclosure by Apple employees. Apple should let users protect themselves and choose genuinely iCloud backups "It's time to let users choose the security and encrypt their iCloud backups so they're the only ones to have the key."
Unfortunately, this may not happen, because even if this solution seems ideal, it is nevertheless likely to have a significant impact on the future of encryption. For this reason, according to Reuters, "instead of protecting iCloud in its entirety through end-to-end encryption, Apple has decided to focus on protecting some of the most sensitive user information, such as passwords and recorded health data."
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