Reuters reports that two years ago, Apple abandoned the idea of using end-to-end encryption for backups in iCloud.
About ten experts worked on a plan to implement end-to-end encryption, and the project bore different names, including Plesio and KeyDrop. It was originally planned that end-to-end encryption would be primarily designed to protect against hackers. But in this case, Apple itself would no longer have the keys to unlock the data, which means that the company could no longer transfer data to the authorities, even by court order.
Now at once six anonymous sources familiar with this issue have confirmed to reporters that Apple abandoned these plans because of FBI dissatisfaction, because this step, according to law enforcement authorities, could damage the investigation and the collection of evidence. However, one of the former Apple employees noted that the encryption implementation project could be stopped for other reasons, for example, the company might have feared that more customers would accidentally block all their data and Apple could not help them.
In the past, Apple repeatedly publicly quarreled with the government and the FBI (the whole world is watching one of such conflicts right now) when law enforcement officers demanded that the company unlock the devices belonging to the criminals. However, Reuters journalists note that in general, Apple gets along well with the authorities and is ready to help US law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
About the situation did not fail to speak Pavel Durov, who in his Telegram channel declaredthat iCloud can now be officially considered a tool for mass surveillance:
“Now iCloud has officially become a mass surveillance tool. Applications that rely on it to store private messages (like WhatsApp) are also part of this problem. ”