FaceTime Users are Safe From Government Spying, as Even Apple Can't Intercept Chats

By Gary Cutlack on at

Apple's FaceTime might be about to become the troublemaker's messaging tool of choice, as the tech giant claims government security requests are useless because the end-to-end encrypted video messaging system is, apparently, impossible to intercept.

This comes from an Apple statement into the ongoing security issues that have been rocking the tech world in the wake of the PRISM revelations. Apple says it's received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for data from US government sources so far in 2013, although many requests do have valid explanations, like when it's the cops trying to track missing children or old folk suffering from Alzheimer's. Here's a part of Apple's security response:

From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. The most common form of request comes from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.

Apple also says it doesn't "store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form," so is clearly trying to position itself as an impartial arbiter of freedom and justice that will keep your late night internet searches a secret. [Apple via Guardian]