The cloud is a nice and convenient place. It’s also a bit of gray area when it comes to privacy. We’ve talked about hackers accessing Apple iCloud accounts and publishing celebrity nudes. Now, it’s come to light that Apple stores your call log in your iCloud account for up to 4 months. This is as long as you activate iCloud, even if you decline to sync other options like your contacts and calendar.
The beauty of the cloud is being able to synchronize all of your information across all of your various devices. In this case, Apple wants you to be able to pull up your call history seamlessly, wherever you are. Even all of your VoIP (like FaceTime and Viber) call history shows up in one place, to make it even easier for you to see who you’ve contacted. Your call log synchronizes with the cloud constantly, and without notification. In order to remove calls from this stored log, you must manually delete them. Otherwise, they will be continuously uploaded, without the ability to opt out.
The puzzling thing is that Apple keeps that information stored for 4 whole months. I don’t know about you, but I never go that far back to look up who I have talked to. That contributes to this issue, where a hacker can potentially access all that valuable information that you don’t even think about anymore. Apple recommends that you set a strong password, and use two-step verification. Even so, hackers aren’t the only ones who might gain access though.
Apple can comply – and already has complied – with court orders to allow government agencies to access your iCloud. This revelation is especially alarming, considering the public tussle between Cupertino and the FBI over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Rival Google have even supported Tim Cook and company in taking a stand for privacy. Apple wouldn’t give the FBI a backdoor into the shooter’s device. However, they did reveal that they had already handed over access to his iCloud!
Yes, your information in iCloud is encrypted, but all it takes is Apple handing over your unique encryption key to the authorities. Hackers are one thing to worry about in this era, but should your government be another?