- Pavel Durov has argued that Apple’s iCloud service is actually a surveillance tool.
- WhatsApp is allegedly part of the issue that Durov is talking about as the iCloud stores private messages from users.
According to the founder and CEO of the major Telegram Messenger app, Pavel Durov has argued that Apple’s iCloud service is actually a surveillance tool.
In a report that came out earlier this week by Reuters, it claims that applications such as WhatsApp are part of this problem. WhatsApp is allegedly part of the issue that Durov is talking about as the iCloud stores private messages from users.
“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.”
The CEO is specifically referring to a report that claimed Apple dropped its long-running plans to allow users of the iPhone to fully encrypt backups of their devices in the actual cloud. The report goes on to state that the giant essentially dropped all these plans for end-to-end encryption after the FBI made complaints that such a feature would not be good for investigators. There were several anonymous sources in relation to this that were familiar to the matter the report highlights.
Telegram sees itself as one of the biggest fighters for privacy on the international market and opposes big tech firms such as Facebook and Google. Durov has made recent claims that reinforce the firm’s main goal of ensuring real privacy. Given that telegram is a cloud-based messenger app that looks to provide secure encryptions, the ability of protecting its users from third parties can be tiresome, however, so far they've been doing a good job of it.
Telegram’s passion here is to give the international community the tools to protect their data from higher powers such as the government. In fact, Telegram has already encountered some pretty big regulatory worries. In 2018, the firm refused to hand over encryption keys to users accounts on Telegram.