Apple has abandoned its plans to add backup encryption after FBI complaints
More than two years ago, Apple informed the FBI that it had planned to implement end-to-end encryption on iCloud backups , according to Reuters . In the end, the Cupertino giant abandoned the project after constant complaints from the FBI, although the report notes that it is unclear whether the federal agency was a determining factor in the decision.
A former Apple employee told Reuters that the company did not want to risk more scrutiny by public officials for potential protection of criminals or encourage new anti-encryption laws.
Apple has decided to refuse to create a backdoor in iOS that would allow the FBI to unlock password-protected iPhones to aid in their investigations, but it provides iCloud backup data to authorities when legally required, as indicated in the semi-annual transparency report .