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Reuters, citing six sources, first reported the news.
The tech giant halted the plan two years ago, after it told the FBI about its intentions, which raised objections to it. As part of the plan, Apple would no longer have a key to unencrypt data, making it impossible to hand over data to authorities.
The FBI argued, according the report, that it would deny them “the most effective means for gaining evidence against iPhone-using suspects.”
A year after their first discussions, the iCloud encryption plan was dropped. However, as Reuters notes, it’s not entirely clear why exactly the plan was scrapped.
As the Verge reports, backups on iCloud are able to be accessed by Apple. Reuters reported that Apple granted government requests to search iCloud content or iCloud backups in 1,568 cases, covering 6,000 accounts in the first half of last year. The iCloud backup encryption plan would have not allowed the company to turn over data for such requests.
One source told the news outlet that the tech giant didn’t want to “poke the bear anymore” in the wake of its legal battle with the FBI regarding the iPhone used by a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting in 2016.
The news comes a week after the U.S. government pushed Apple to help them unlock iPhones used by alleged Pensacola Naval Air Station shooter Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani. Apple refused to compy with the request.
You can read all of the Reuters report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).