iCloud stores your call data for longer than you know. It can store the data for more than four months. This means that all your contacts and conversations can be accessed by Apple within these four months. This storing policy has been revealed by a Russian computer firm, Elcomsoft.
All iPhone and iPad users have their call data transmitted to their iCloud where it is stored for more than four months. The only way that people could “hide” their data from the government is to disable the iCloud option. The regular calls are not the only ones that are stored on iCloud. Apple keeps records of FaceTime calls, too.
Despite this, FaceTime has end-to-end encryption and that protects the visual and audio content that are sent over this service. The Russian firm comes to contradict these statements because they have discovered that many iOS security policies have not been respected.
For example, Apple mentioned that they have no information related to FaceTime calls or their duration, but Elcomsoft found out that iCloud accounts retain this type of information. The Russian firm mentioned that they found call data on iCloud accounts. Even from FaceTime. They also said that they were able to get access to information that was there for more than four months.
Apple commented on the Elcomsoft statement by reassuring its users that they respect their privacy and the information is encrypted.
“We offer call history syncing as a convenience to our customers so that they can return calls from any of their devices. Apple is deeply committed to safeguarding our customers’ data.”
Apple also mentioned that every account has an Apple ID and a password. They also recommend their users to change their password into a strong one in order to avoid any problems. Investigators don’t even need the call data from the iCloud because they can obtain it from the telecom providers.
This is not the first time that Apple has privacy problems. They had a legal battle with the FBI because the FBI needed access to some encrypted contents. Apple refused to make software that allows the FBI to get access to the PIN code or any call data from an iPhone.
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