Forget helping the FBI, Apple is making security even tighter


iCloud iPhone
Apple is making iCloud more secure than ever.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple is doubling down on its beliefs about user privacy, by working on a new encryption method that will mean it can no longer decode user information stored in iCloud.

While Apple has steadfastly refused to create an iPhone backdoor during the current case concerning the phone belonging to one of the suspected terrorists in last year’s San Bernardino shooting, it has turned over data shooter Syed Rizwan Farook had backed up on its iCloud service. Under its new encryption efforts, the company would no longer be able to do this.

This would pose another dilemma for law enforcement who, according to law firm partner and former Virginia federal prosecutor Edward McAndrew, “very significantly and very often” rely on iCloud data during investigations.

There’s no word on exactly when Apple plans to upgrade iCloud security, but apparently the company is trying to work out how to do this in a way that doesn’t inconvenience users by adding unnecessary complexity.

Hey, you can’t accuse Apple of not following through on its beliefs in this case, can you?

Source: WSJ

  • aaloo

    that is a big foot up fbi’s rear end. maybe they will back off now with the threat of losing access to even iCloud data.

  • DrMuggg

    FBI will sit there later, wondering what happened. Comey will be shoveling coal down in the basement as a punishment. Everybody will remember those cherry days when you at least had the shadow of a chance to get ANYTHING out of an iPhone….

  • lee scott

    Good. Our gov’t is out of control. If that means I’m “less safe” then so be it. Sick of these fat cats in DC sucking away our money, jobs, and rights. Keep it up Apple.

  • Hans_Shilow

    Way to Go Apple ! Yeah !

  • PMB01

    Not just about the FBI case, this will make iCloud further secured and better at fending off hackers in general.

  • Donald Russell

    That makes perfect sense to me. What’s the point of having data stored securely on the phone, then backed up to somewhere that’s not?