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Backdoored backup? Apple nixed iCloud encryption after FBI complained your data is a valuable resource

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23.01.2020

The FBI quashed a planned feature that would have allowed Apple users to encrypt their iCloud storage, claiming that it would cut the agency off from its best source of evidence against iPhone-using suspects, according to sources who spoke to Reuters on Wednesday. Apple reportedly went along with the agency, hoping to avoid being made an example of in the media or used as the test case for a draconian new anti-encryption law, and the program was put to bed two years ago – yet the crusading surveillance state has returned in the wake of the Pensacola naval air base shooting to demand still greater incursions on user privacy.

When Apple tipped the FBI off to the new feature (codenamed “Plesio” or “KeyDrop”), which would have fortified users’ data against both hackers and governments so that even Apple wouldn’t have been able to access the information, representatives from the FBI’s cybercrime and operational technology division told Apple to reconsider the plan. The agency was apparently getting too much good information out of iPhone users who kept their files in the cloud for Apple to derail the gravy train with petty privacy concerns.And iCloud stores much more than what users deliberately put there, as........

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