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The FBI is 'deeply concerned' about Apple's decision to add new security protections to its cloud storage system because it would hinder the agency's ability to prevent a range of crimes.
The company already uses end to end encryption for iMessages between Apple devices - which means the messages can only be read on the smartphones, not by Apple or law enforcement.
With this update announced Wednesday, the tech giant will allow users to protect the vast majority of the data they upload to iCloud.
'This hinders our ability to protect the American people from criminal acts ranging from cyber-attacks and violence against children to drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism,' an FBI spokesperson told the Washington Post.
The FBI is 'deeply concerned' about Apple's decision to add new security protections to its cloud storage system nationwide because it would hinder the agency's ability to prevent a range of crimes
The FBI added that it was 'deeply concerned with the threat end-to-end and user-only-access encryption pose.'
'In this age of cybersecurity and demands for 'security by design,' the FBI and law enforcement partners need "lawful access by design."'
The new encryption option will be available for public software testers immediately, for all U.S. customers by the end of this year and for other countries starting next year, Apple said in its announcement - adding that it may not reach every country by the end of 2023.
'Advanced Data Protection is Apple’s highest level of cloud data security, giving users the choice to protect the vast majority of their most sensitive iCloud data with end-to-end encryption so that it can only be decrypted on their trusted devices,' Ivan Krstić, Apple’s head of Security Engineering and Architecture, said in a statement.
End-to-end encryption ensures only the two participants of a chat can read messages, and no one in between – not even the company that owns the service.
End-to-end encryption is intended to prevent data being read or secretly modified when it is in transit between the two parties.
The cryptographic keys needed to access the service are automatically provided only to the two people in each conversation.
In decrypted form, messages are accessible by a third party – which makes them interceptable by governments for law enforcement reasons.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is already encrypted, and