Apple Will Extend End-to-End Encryption to iCloud, Setting Up a Showdown with the FBI
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Apple said it would significantly expand an end-to-end encryption system, an optional feature called Advanced Data Protection, which would keep most data secure that is stored in iCloud, a step that is likely to create tensions with law enforcement and governments around the world.
The data would be protected if Apple is hacked, and it wouldn’t be accessible to law enforcement, even with a warrant. Moreover, Apple would no longer have the technical ability to comply with certain law-enforcement requests, such as for iCloud backups, which could include iMessage chat logs and attachments and have been used in many investigations.
The company said the security enhancements are designed to protect Apple customers from the most sophisticated attackers. “As customers have put more and more of their personal information of their lives into their devices, these have become more and more the subject of attacks by advanced actors,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior v…