Now Apple is going to stop the U.S. government from getting into iCloud data, too

“Apple has announced its plans to transfer iCloud encryption key management to account holders, a move which could stand in the way of or even prevent the FBI and other law enforcement agencies from requesting users’ information,” David Bisson writes for Graham Cluley Security News.The tech giant currently manages the encryption key management for all iCloud account holders.”

“Apple’s decision to hand over encryption key management to iCloud account holders will render many of these [government] requests irrelevant. Without the encryption keys, Apple will have no way to access users’ encrypted iCloud data regardless of how much the U.S. government wants it,” Bisson writes. “The onus of data management will therefore shift to the users themselves.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Excellent.

As we wrote back on March 14th:

[This case] also compels Apple to make iOS even more secure. How about encrypted iCloud backups next, Apple?

10 Comments

  1. As predicted here on MDN and other sites; the FBI power grab has resulted in the acceleration of encryption availability and concentrated focus by both good and evil in the online world.
    Be careful what you wish for FBI……..oh wait…..Toooooo late!!

    1. I hope Apple will consider adding it’s (somewhat) uncrackable hard drive encryption to the flash drives in iOS devices. I might not mind having to retype my lengthier hard drive encryption password on initial power-up/reboot of my phone if it allows me to defend my right to privacy.

      “Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say,”

      1. I think this is a mistake. Apple should continue to make personal devices more and more hardened and crack proof, but the cloud should stay similar to the way it is now.

        Mostly because by making that one compromise, they can appease government and keep them off of their backs. Secure our devices, but quietly keep the cloud nearly as is, namely, open only to Apple when they receive the proper warrants.

  2. Remember those analog cell phones from the 1990s, which had no security. It was easy to listen into phone conversations over narrowband FM, and people could pull up next to you in a car, and intercept your handset’s ESN (Electronic Serial Number), and use it to “Clone” your phone . . . I’m sure that when those phones were replaced with the more secure CDMA and GSM phones that the FBI complained that it was more difficult to spy on organized crime, for example . . . but the move to more secure phones, revolutionized how we communicate in this country . . . moving forward, if we use more encryption it will benefit consumers and businesses, and the FBI once again will do what the’ve always done . . . Adapt.

  3. By alerting tech companies to their disingenuous quest so strongly for eavesdropping and datanapping they’ve only accelerated the difficulties they will have in the future with solutions that will get more and more beyond their ability to crack.

    That said technology will probably also be the end of us in one form or another, empowering individuals with great power, destructive or otherwise.

  4. Apple was willing to help the FBI with iCloud and other methods. But the FBI turned around and bit Apple, waging a smear campaign to they would give in to everything.

    You wanted to set a precedent? Well now you’ve succeeded.

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