Apple is working on new ways to strengthen the encryption of
customers’ iCloud backups in a way that would make it impossible
for the company to comply with valid requests for data from law
enforcement, according to people familiar with its plans.
The move would bolster Apple customers’ security against hackers
but also frustrate investigators who are currently able to obtain
data from Apple’s servers through a court order. Apple has
complied with thousands of such orders in the past.
Developing such technology is in some ways more complex than
adding the kind of device-level security that Apple introduced to
the iPhone in 2014 with its iOS 8 update.
Building new protections that mean Apple no longer has access to
iCloud encryption keys may inconvenience some customers. Such a
change would most likely mean that customers who forget their
iCloud password may be left unable to access their photos,
contacts and other personal information that is backed up to