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Apple will not add end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups

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 .

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