Stay safe, Craig Federighi comments on iCloud change in an interview

Apple announced a package of three measures to protect the privacy of our data in iCloud. The measures are aimed at enabling physical security keys to access the Apple ID. The measures also consider whether we can verify we really only speak with whom we trust in iMessage or a continuous encryption network of more and more content.

Apple announced a package of three measures that will boost the security of our data in iCloud. There are several ways that they can use physical security keys to log in to our Apple ID, confirm we really speak only to whom we believe in iMessage, as well as the end-to-end encryption of more and more content on Apple servers.

In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple software chief Craig Federighi called for a discussion on some of these changes with Joanna Stern. The whole interview is real interesting, but there is one part that must be highlighted, and the role of encryption as a barrier to all the lives.

We want more encryption, more security. That’s all.

For years there’s been a balance between privacy and security. But Apple and privacy experts’ views have always been clear: privacy keeps us from being protected. In this line goes the answer Federighi gave to the question whether governments and security forces wanted to analyse citizens’ data.

The law enforcement is hugely valued and supported. We believe we have exactly the same goal that we have to keep people safe. In the end, the protection customer data is serious consequences for our overall security. The very worst of the time is when a malicious attacker would obtain the information of a trusted political party, other individuals who had specific secrets or access to systems, and then would fail to get the information done.

We believe it is important to fulfill our shared mission: to maintain the safety of users.

At the time, Stern recalled that Apple had already been considering encrypting backup copies in the cloud, however, that the plans were suspended, again probable due to an FBI complaint. Craig said that this is completely untrue and that the only purpose of the new security measures announced yesterday is to stay one step ahead of threats and attackers.

While some say the privacy can be sacrificed for supposed security, others argue that the only way to safeguard security is through confidentiality. These remind us that protection of the vast majority of users is much more important than enabling only a few of them to investigate.

The security of the company we work with when we store sensitive data on an iPhone, the keys to our houses, the health data of our employees or our credit cards becomes more important than ever. With iCloud end-to-end encryption of more data categories, this security is taken to the next level.

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