Apple is always known to actively defend users’ privacy – no matter whether it is a court order.
However, amidst all the chaos and FBI’s pressure, Apple seems to be dropping its plan to encrypt the backups in iCloud as reported by Reuters.
To enhance users’ privacy on the cloud, Apple had plans to introduce encrypted iCloud backups for the customers. However, the FBI complained that the move will harm crucial investigations.
Hence, Apple decided to drop its plan as per their sources.
In addition to this, the U.S President Donald Trump also criticized Apple recently on refusing to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers, and other criminals in the light of a recent issue:
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
So, it looks like there was a lot of pressure for Apple to ditch their plans to make encrypted iCloud backups. Even though am Apple spokesperson declined to comment on the encryption issue, as noted by Reuters, it is quite clear on why they’re doing it.
While Apple has made its decision as per the reports, Google already has a similar system for Android’s backup data. But, we do not know for sure if that has changed recently.
What do you think about Apple dropping its plan to encrypt iCloud backups? Let us know in the comments.