“With every iteration of OS X, iOS, and iCloud, we see Apple add increasing the privacy protections it provides its users,” Rich Mogull writes for Macworld. “It has consistently enabled customers to protect their personal information from advertisers, governments, third-party developers, and even Apple itself.”

“This is a company that destroys the keys to its encryption hardware after setting them up in the data center, just in case an employee decides to sneak in a back door or hand the keys off to a government agency,” Mogull writes. “It designed systems like iMessages that a government could technically force them to sniff, but only with a fundamental change to the system architecture.”

“The question becomes, why? These changes, in some cases, affect usability—popping up reminders and approvals for every application that wants access to location data or our photo libraries, say, or implementing sandboxes that constrain developers (causing some to leave the Mac App Store completely),” Mogull writes. “I believe the answer is profit, with a smidgen of righteous anger.”

Much more in the full article – highly recommendedhere.