Apple Inc. announced this week that it will offer full encryption for data in its cloud storage system worldwide, which not surprisingly has been met with consternation from hackers, thieves & snoopers but joy from customers.
The move means that
all content, chats, photos and videos, will have end-to-end encryption under Apple's Advanced Data Protection feature. For the average consumer, this is a win, and for the average privacy advocate, it's a victory in an ongoing fight with the authorities.
We applaud Apple for listening to experts, child advocates, and users who want to protect their most sensitive data, the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote today. Encryption is one of the most important tools we have for maintaining privacy and
The foundation was equally pleased that Apple also stated that it had finally decided not to implement its CSAM photo-scanning child protection technology. The authorities, on the other hand, have denounced the move,
especially the FBI, which has a history of battling with Apple over trying to get its hands on user data.
Apple will also likely run into problems concerning the U.K. government and its online safety bill. The bill gives the U.K. government broad
powers to force companies to ensure content on their platforms aligns with what it calls internet safety. Many privacy advocates have condemned the bill as a new kind of censorship.