Founder & CEO of #encrypted #messenger service @telegram, Pavel Durov (@durov), bashes @Apple's #icloud a #surveillance tool that leaves user data available to authorities, Apple employees & advertisers@osemuix @CollinsCustomIP@ethadvocate @nurseML1975https://t.co/xDToVoRfhh — Dr. Tether 🌿💰🍀 (@BitcoinGardener) January 23, 2020
“iCloud is now officially a surveillance tool. Apps that are relying on it to store your private messages (such as WhatsApp) are part of the problem.”
According to Reuters, the tech giant has given up its end-to-end encryption plans after the FBI complained that such a feature would harm investigators. Citing six anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the report notes that Apple had to drop its plans two years ago, but the issue has not been reported previously.
Similarly, Reuters wrote that while Apple has reportedly shifted its focus to protecting some of the “most sensitive user information” like saved passwords, backed-up texts from iMessage, WhatsApp, and other encrypted services remain available to Apple employees and authorities.
The news comes after President Donald Trump blasted Apple in a January 14 tweet by arguing that the company “refuses to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers, and other violent criminal elements.”
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
Moreover, as Telegram positions itself as a global fighter for privacy, opposing major tech giants like Facebook and Google, Durov’s recent claims reinforce the company’s focus on ensuring “real privacy.”
Given its strong desire to provide the global community with tools to protect from the eyes of Big Brother, Telegram has already encountered some regulatory issues so far.
It has been analyzed that after Telegram refused to hand over the encryption keys to user accounts to the Russian authorities in 2018, Roskomnadzor, the country’s major internet monitoring organization, declared that the app will be blocked “in the near future.”
Despite subsequent multiple efforts to ban access to the messenger, Telegram was still operational at the time and still remains accessible in the country to date.
Previously, Iranian authorities tried to block Telegram amid nationwide protests after the firm refused to shut down some “peacefully protesting channels.”
Despite multiple bans, some government agencies including state-run authorities were reportedly using Telegram as of April 2019.