Apple to add encryption to iCloud back ups as a way to prevent future demands from the government

Apple to add encryption to iCloud back ups as a way to prevent future demands from the government
Apple has repeatedly said that if the government had not changed the Apple ID belonging to the Apple iPhone 5c used by terrorist Syed Farook, it would have been able to provide the DOJ with the information it is requesting from Apple. But changing the password forces the company to develop a unique OS it calls GovernmentOS or GovtOS, in order to unlock the handset and deliver the requested information.

Had the Apple ID not been changed, Apple could have backed up the data on the phone to iCloud via Wi-Fi; that would have allowed Apple to comply with the court order without all of this drama. But now that Apple has made it clear that this option is available to it, the company is worried that the government might demand that Apple use this method in the future to help it gather evidence in similar situations. As we pointed out last week, there have been a number of other cases where the Justice Department has asked Apple to unlock an iPhone.

To prevent this from happening time and again, Apple is rumored to be working on an unhackable iPhone. In addition, the company wants to add encryption to iCloud back ups. This way, not even Apple would have access to it. While that might make iPhone users feel safer, if that iPhone user were to forget or lose his iCloud password, he would be SOL since Apple would be unable to recover the data.

By encrypting iCloud back ups, Apple would be preventing itself from being able to access a consumer's iPhone. And that should prevent the government from seeking court orders forcing Apple to unlock iOS devices in the future. While FBI director James Comey said that the government is not trying to set a precedent by getting Apple to unlock Farook's phone, he did say that the ruling "will be instructive for other courts." Apple wants this to all end right here, right now.

source: FinancialTimes

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17 Comments

1. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Would be nice to see a venture of BlackBerry and apple, it worked well for Samsung with their Knox feature, I'd expect the same if not better from apple and BlackBerry

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple really likes to stick it to the man don't they lol. I always thought that sounded funny, stick it to the man haha.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey the government fired the first shots by overturning a case that Apple won fair and square. So proud to own Apple devices.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30972; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm glad someone other than myself sees that. If able, the govt will be on a witch hunt against Apple.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sure, blame it on the government when the stolen patents involved in the case were long invalidated prior to any of this fight...makes iSense.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? Are you really that dense? They overturn a ruling based on the 2 patent that the USPTO invalidated. They didn't overturn the whole case. Gosh dude. Do you even have the capability to comprehend anything? I'm August of 2015, the USPTO invalidated 2 patents of apple which were part of the original lawsuit. Since the patent or no longer valid, then doesn't that mean no one can be infringing,.as why should they get to keep the money. Oh and as I recall, Samsung also won a case fair and square and the apresident steppes in and vetoed it Seems like turnabout is fair play.

15. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Total speculation. On the One hand, Apple lover will think "government overturned a case that Apple won fair and square just to show their dislike on Apple's judgement" But on the other hand Apple haters will think "Government now correcting their biased actions once they took in favour of Apple" (besides I consider many of Apple's patents as LOL. And I even ask myself can someone actually patent these kinds of stuffs??) So what is the truth? Honestly IDK. But It doesn't matter isn't ? People love to make their decision and judgements based on speculation and assumption according to their comfort or likeness? Isn't it.?

16. sissy246

Posts: 7087; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Bulls**t There is absolutely no proof of that. They lost because the patient was no longer good. Poor apple cry baby.

6. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

This is only going to push the government to make laws against encryption and they'll do it in the name of fighting terrorism.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, wonder if Apple would stick to it's guns and move it's servers out of the US. That'll be costly, but they have $200 Billion doing nothing in the bank...maybe it was being saved for such heroics. If they do that, every other US tech giant would be forced to do the same.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They do not have 200billion in cash, most of it is filed under long term investments. http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bs?s=AAPL+Balance+Sheet&annual 164 billion Filed under long term, their actual cash or cash equivalents is magnitudes smaller, 20billion. They are one of the few that rely on Long Term and tout it as 'cash'.

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Trump will close them down for free tv for from Samsung for is postoffice hotel in dc

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do it!!!! Encrypt EVERYTHING! tell the FBI to kiss your whole entire ass while you are at it. The FBI is stupid and so are the people they work foe. FEDERAL BUREAU of IDIOTS.

14. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Seriously, I don't see unlocking a terrorist's phone threatens security or privacy at all. There should be nothing to be hidden in his phone because he was not a neitizen anymore. He was just some criminal, terrorist, murderer whose his secretive plans must be revealed so that other bad events could be prevented from happening. Apple is a very stupid company. It is purely an American company, has its headquarter in America where everything is obligated to play by American authority. Its refusal to comply with its government just shows how ignorant it is and it only sees its self benefit, not the whole society's concern. If you move to Korea, you must also obey our procedure like Samsung and many other companies do. That is as simple as that.

17. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

Yeah, pretty sure you're the one who's ignorant, have fun with that dictatorship that can turn anyone into a criminal just because they "feel like it" though!

19. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

What do you mean by dictatorship, dude? You're living in a human society where law enforcement is a must in any circumstance. If you want to do something freely as you please without taking authority into consideration, so then you are free to pack your suitcase and leave for jungle where you can poop wherever you want. Yeah, that's full of freedom right? Go! Nobody is going to butt in your lawless business. Sometimes too much democracy is a disaster. No wonder why terrorism and racism are occurring day by day in America, yet you people still can't find the reason why. LOL

20. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

It will cause Apple the tech giant to collapse in shares and decline in sells. Which they don't want.

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