Probably many iPhone users are not aware of the fact that Apple uses their call history and upload it to the iCloud without notifying their users. Besides helping you sync more information, Apple does not always use just the data for which they ask for your allowance. This type of information is not the kind that you would want to be backed up. It is disturbing to know that Apple is using your personal data without asking for your permission.
ElcomSoft, a digital forensics company from Moscow, has declared on November 18 that they unveiled the fact that Apple was uploading the call history of every iPhone user into iCloud automatically, without granting permission. The iOS 8 users had their personal data synced to iCloud without them even knowing it.
The most terrible problem is that customers are unable to deactivate the backups. Those records contain data about all the rejected, missed, outgoing, and incoming calls. ElcomSoft has argued that the privacy of iPhone users has been at risks. After the announcement of the forensics company, Apple has started developing efforts to unlock the connection of its smartphones which were used in the investigation.
Nevertheless, the information of the users which were already stored in iCloud became much easier to be accessed by a third person, even if we are thinking about hackers or authorities. ElcomSoft has argued that Apple might have used the syncing option on the users’ call history for months without anybody suspecting this. The digital forensics company has advised Apple customers to disable the iCloud feature completely, to make sure their personal data is no longer shared to iCloud.
Vladimir Katalov, the CEO of ElcomSoft, claimed that this new feature automatically implemented by Apple of uploading your personal data to iCloud could be very useful, only if you allowed it to happen. If you do not have an option to disable it, this means that Apple is wrongfully using your information.
Apparently, Apple is currently working on a plan to develop a better security system on their devices, they remove data from users’ smartphone and upload it to the cloud, making it available for law enforcement. Oleg Afonin, a spokesperson from ElcomSoft, has stated that the data in the cloud are barely protected, permitting anybody with suitable credentials to access it and extract data.
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