Apple: Decrypting user data is impossible in iOS 8
Apple has enhanced its encryption system that is claimed to be unbreakable, making it no longer possible to access user data on the devices running the latest iOS 8, according to the latest policy update.
In its Legal Process Guidelines, the Cupertino wrote “For all devices running iOS 8.0 and later versions, Apple will no longer be performing iOS data extractions as the data sought will be encrypted and Apple will not possess the encryption key.”
As far as versions earlier than iOS 8.0 are concerned, the guidelines noted that upon receipt of a valid search warrant issued upon a showing of probable cause, the company can extract certain categories of active data from pass code locked iOS devices.
Apple’s website further explained that the iOS 8 has an “Always-on VPN” feature making it more secure for users when connecting to Wi-Fi networks and adds that the OS is not associated to any particular Wi-Fi network. Devices running on iOS 8 use Media Access Control address, claims the company.
Apple has also made its mail more secure, as stated in an document, “Mail leverages certificates for authenticated and encrypted Mail by supporting S/MIME, which, as of iOS 8, permits per-message S/MIME, so S/MIME users can choose to always sign and encrypt by default, or selectively control how individual messages are protected.”
In an attempt aimed at bolstering its reputation in maintaining user confidence on privacy issues, Tim Cook, Apples CEO wrote in a message to the customer reassuring data privacy that the company’s commitment to protecting users’ privacy comes from a deep respect for customers. He added that “We know that your trust doesn’t come easy. That’s why we have and always will work as hard as we can to earn and keep it.”