Apple published a rare public comment discussing “Apple?s Commitment to Customer Privacy” in the wake of reports on the United States’ “Prism” surveillance program.
So Apple gets permission to reveal how many government requests it gets and what it does. Not too suprising
But the interesting thing in their response is this:
For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data.
I wrote about al of this before all the news broke. The government WILL find a way to read your digital communications in real time unless we stop them. Apple encrypts their data from user to user so well that the Feds complained and were trying to get Apple to give them a key.
Doesn’t this sound very different today than it did a few months ago?
“iMessages between two Apple devices are considered encrypted communication and cannot be intercepted, regardless of the cell phone service provider.”
If you have been using iMessages or Facetime, the Feds can only see you have sent them, not what is inside.
So I guess they can get meta-data of a sort but none of the actual information. As I said, encryption should be used by every teleco. Why in the world are our emails sent in the open (with the passwords) without high level encryption?
I htink this is why they are so upset about this going mainstream.
I wonder when we will see the first ads from Apple stating that iMessages are safe from government intrusion?