The updated iOS security documentation confirms that Apple is using Google Cloud to store iCloud service data. Previously the company has used cloud services from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft...
The updated iOS security documentation confirms that Apple is using Google Cloud to store iCloud service data.
Previously the company has used cloud services from Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Since 2016 there are rumors Google has switched to the Google solution, but there were no official statement until now.
The new version of the documentation describes that files located on iCloud are stored using third-party services, such as Amazon S3 and the Google Cloud Platform. Data is transmitted in the form of encrypted fragments and does not contain any users identifying information. The documentation does not specify which data is stored on Google servers and when Apple stopped its cooperation with Microsoft in favor of Google.
It is possible the cooperation with Google will allow to cut expenses as well as decrease the company's dependence on AWS.
Previously Tim Cook announced that the company's policy is focused on the full confidentiality of personal data, which are controlled only by the users themselves, and Apple will never use the data of its users for commercial purposes (unlike Google).
At the first glance it may seem that the use of third-party services to store user data does not correspond to the statements of the head of Apple.
But in fact users should not have any worries since Apple ensures that the data is encrypted and not personalized. Google does not have access to information stored by Apple, but it is responsible for its safety.
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