The tech company that made Apple’s iPhone encryption technology a global success in the wake of a mass hack in 2017 has finally come out against the encryption it’s used to protect data on millions of iPhones.
BlackMagic has said that it will not support Apple’s Secure Encryption Standard for iOS, which is designed to make it easy for companies to create strong encryption for their data on iPhones and iPads.
Blackmagic CEO and cofounder Tony Fadell has said in a blog post that Apple has done a poor job of keeping data secure, and that the company does not support “the technology that is the primary tool for securing your data.”
BlackMagic’s decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed in November by the ACLU and several tech companies, alleging that Apple is infringing on their technology by making it harder to crack encrypted data.
BlackLite, an iPhone maker, has also expressed opposition to the Secure Encrypted Specification, claiming that it creates a “new, more burdensome and less secure means of protecting your personal information,” the New York Times reported.
Apple’s decision to back away from the Secure Enrollment Specification came after months of pressure from security experts and privacy advocates who have pushed for it to be scrapped.
Apple initially responded to the pressure, saying in November that it would support the standard but “it was clear that we could not do it.”
However, BlackLite CEO and former Google executive Evan Sinofsky argued in a December blog post , “Apple should take a closer look at this spec, because its implementation is more harmful than helpful.”
While Apple is not explicitly saying that it supports encryption for iPhones, the company has made clear that it has no intention of supporting the specification in the future.
Apple has been criticized for its handling of the iPhone 5C, which was widely condemned for its failure to encrypt data.
In a recent letter to Apple’s chief privacy officer Tim Cook, a former FBI official warned the company that Apple was “not a partner in any manner.”
Apple has not confirmed the authenticity of the letter, but it’s not the first time that the tech giant has come out in support of the encryption standard.
In 2015, BlackMagic said it would not support the Secure Data Encryption Specification in 2018, but the company backed off its commitment after a number of other companies said they would not implement it.
Apple, which released the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, is also working to improve the security of the Apple Pay mobile payment system.
BlackMagic has already said that the system is “a much safer platform than its predecessors.”
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