When Twitter shuts down, Apple will step in and protect you
Apple has been working to preserve some of its users’ online privacy, after losing its primary service, iCloud, and a handful of other services to the federal government.
The company announced Monday that it will soon stop blocking third-party apps from accessing its iCloud data.
But, it will stop short of offering full iCloud protections, which require users to install an app.
Instead, users will have to “use a third-parties app to access iCloud,” Apple said.
That means that apps that are not signed with Apple’s official developer certificate will not be able to access data stored on the company’s servers.
Apple is also ending the use of its own developer certificates, which allowed it to connect to third- parties.
“We are changing our developer certificate policies to reflect the evolving nature of data use,” Apple wrote in a blog post.
Users will be able “to sign apps that require a third party certificate, but only for applications that require the certificate.”
It’s unclear how many apps will be affected, and Apple has not yet provided a timeline for how it plans to address users.
But the move will be a big blow to Apple’s ability to secure and secure its user data.
Apple’s iCloud was the most popular service for online shopping, and it was the backbone of its business, said Michael Oreskes, a technology and law professor at the University of Southern California.
“This is going to make it harder for the next company to compete with Apple, or for the company that might be next,” he said.
The decision means Apple will lose an important competitor to Google’s Android operating system, which was recently acquired by Alphabet Inc. In a blog posting, Oreske warned that “the future of online shopping is at stake.”
Apple’s decision comes after the company faced pressure to do more to protect user data, following news last month that the FBI had seized data from iCloud after the bureau concluded it contained child pornography.
The bureau used the iCloud data to search for child pornography, a violation of Apple policies.