Apple Confirms Some Encrypted iCloud Data Is Stored On Google Servers

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Feb 26

While Apple and Google are two different companies working in their own set of methods, sometimes they rely on each other to complete their operations. With that said, Apple has confirmed that it is using the Google Cloud Platform in order to store some of its encrypted iCloud account data. However, the information stored does not contain any user-identifying data. The company has used Amazon’s S3 alongside Microsoft Azure, but it is said that the latter has been replaced by Google’s cloud storage service. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.

Some Of Apple’s iCloud Data Is Stored On Google’s Cloud Based Platform

The news is definitely not old as back in 2016, it was first suggested that Apple would be bringing Google into the mesh. However, there was no news after that and today’s news is the first official statement. First spotted by CNBC, Apple’s data on Google’s servers might include Calendar, Contacts, Photos and Videos, documents and other such things. So what does it mean? Is Google able to see the data? What does it mean for privacy?

Each file is broken into chunks and encrypted by iCloud using AES-128 and a key derived from each chunk’s contents that utilizes SHA-256. The keys and the file’s metadata are stored by Apple in the user’s iCloud account. The encrypted chunks of the file are stored, without any user-identifying information, using third-party storage services, such as S3 and Google Cloud Platform.

As it is said, Google has no means of accessing the encrypted data. The only thing Google will be able to see is encrypted data that makes no sense for the company, while still using its servers. So the platform is secure for all user’s personal data. Apple has not shared further information and is reluctant to do so. This could possibly mean that the same data could be potentially stored across other platforms as well.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned for more details. As for now, share your views on Apple storing its iCloud user data on Google’s servers. Share your views with us in the comments.

Source: CNBC