For the past few days, Apple tops the news headlines for keeping the promise to its customers privacy; even in a complicated case likes the San Bernardino one. People are arguing if Apple should or shouldn’t give access to the phone data. Tim cook is still making announcements; “This case is about more than a single phone”.
Although the fight between Apple and the FBI seems to be on its highest level, the question is, Do we really have a real privacy with Apple?
According to a report published by the CNN. Apple privacy “promises” skipped the iCloud data part. This means that all the data stored in the iCloud are accessible not only by apple but by the government too!
iCloud data which include “back up” for emails, photos, notes, contacts and calendar is not private neither from Apple nor from the government.
Apple is insisting on keeping its customer data privacy. While It pushes them on the other side to take backup continuously where that data is exactly within Apple’s reach.
Apple’s iCloud service is a major selling point for the company. It’s a convenient way that allows customers to track lost or stolen iPads and iPhones, restore damaged devices, and keep lots of music and photos that don’t fit on the device.
In early 2015, Apple provided data of 1,407 iCloud accounts to a law enforcement in the United States. Also Apple “transparency reports”, the company declared that, it objected 401 times in all and it was more willing to work alongside investigators in the United States, where it discloses information 81% of the time. By comparison, it only acquiesced 30% of the time in Asia and 53% in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
The good news, Apple doesn’t hold the key to your device, Apple could choose to not hold the key to iCloud too, but that would mean that if you forgot your password. The data are locked forever.
But still, Apple’s iCloud access seems like a double standard that destroys its current privacy argument But there is a key difference. You have a choice not to store your data on the Cloud.