Apple extends end-to-end encryption to more iCloud data categories

Apple has announced that it will extend its end-to-end encryption technology to more iCloud data categories. The company already provides end-to-end encryption for Apple Card transactions, Apple Maps searches, health data, iCloud Keychain passwords, and the Messages app.


With the introduction of Advanced Data Protection, encryption is also covered for Wallet Passes, Siri Shortcuts, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memos, Reminders, Photos, Notes, iCloud Drive, Message Backups, and Device Backups. This brings the total number of categories covered to 23.

iCloud Advanced Data Protection testing begins with beta versions of macOS 13.1, iPadOS 16.2, and iOS 16.2. Apple says the feature will launch in December and will be optional, meaning users can choose to disable it if they wish.

Some features are not covered by advanced data protection, including “anyone with a link” sharing, shared albums, and iWork collaboration. When the feature is disabled, users’ devices upload the encryption keys and the account becomes default.

The expansion of end-to-end encryption is a positive development for users who value the security of their data. By providing advanced data protection for a wider range of data categories, Apple gives users greater control over the security of their personal information.

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