Apple encrypts your iOS device’s locally stored data, but it doesn’t fully encrypt iCloud backups — and that was apprently a conscious choice. Reuters sources say Apple dropped plans for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups (codenamed KeyDrop and Plesio) roughly two years ago. The decision came soon after the company revealed those plans to the FBI, which unsurprisingly objected given its previous pressure on Apple to facilitate access to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook’s iPhone. However, it’s not clear this was the reason — law enforcement’s desires may have been secondary.
Apple reportedly dropped iCloud encryption plans amid FBI pressure
Source: Yahoo.com – Technology