Apple reportedly ditched plan for encrypted iCloud backup after FBI pressure
The company wanted to offer people end-to-end encryption for iCloud two years ago, according to Reuters. Apple reversed course on a plan to enable people to fully encrypt backups of their iPhone data on its iCloud service after the FBI aired concerns that it would hurt investigations, Reuters reported Tuesday. About two years ago, Apple reportedly told the FBI it wanted to make hacking its cloud storage service more difficult by offering people end-to-end encryption.
If it did so, Reuters reported, Apple would be unable to hand iCloud data over to authorities — which didn’t sit well with the FBI.