Apple expands end-to-end encryption to iCloud backups
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- Lily Hay Newman, Amanda Hoover, Olivia Snow, Rosie Bradbury, Brenda Stolyar, Scott Gilbertson, Kate O'Flaherty, Matt Burgess, Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
- Dec 7 2022
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I'm wondering if these backups are useful for anything other than restoring to another iOS device? What can the other "end" be?
Apple. But yeah, both ends are your iOS devices. Before Apple also had the key.
Which meant a number of people were prosecuted based on warrantless searches of their iCloud backups.
Even when they had a warrant, the government struggled to break the encryption on the iPhone, they could force you to use your fingerprint, but could not force you to disclose a PIN, but as most people backup to the iCloud, they never really needed the phone.