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Apple Says It Stores iCloud Data on Google's Servers

Apple Says It Stores iCloud Data on Google's Servers

iCloud uses "third-party storage services, such as [Amazon] S3 and Google Cloud Platform" to store iCloud data after it's been broken into chunks and encrypted. Before the January update, Apple uses remote data storage systems from Amazon and Microsoft, as stated in the online document. An update to the iOS Security Guide made last month officially signaled that Apple had moved to Google's platform.

The encryption keys and metadata information are stored on Apple's servers, only files on stored on third-party services. The document also doesn't make it clear when Apple started storing data in Google's cloud. Rather than storing files locally on their iPhone, iPad or Max, for example, users can store their files on iCloud.

Spotify, which is already heavily reliant on Google's public cloud infrastructure, said on Wednesday that it plans to go deeper, eventually moving remaining computing and storage workloads in its data centers over to Google. Your encrypted files may actually be residing in Google's cloud. And with Apple using it to power iCloud, we'll probably see more users flock to Google's cloud platform. At the time, it was reported that Apple would spend between $400 and $600 million dollars in a move to diversify away from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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Cook added that, "You might like these so-called free services, but we don't think they're worth having your email, your search history, and now even your family photos data mined and sold off for god-knows-what advertising objective". Right now, the only solid detail available is that the photos and videos of users who own any Apple devices will be stored on Google's servers. Earlier, the document just mentioned S3 and Microsoft's popular Azure platform, which is now missing from the updated one. In comparison, market leader Amazon Web Services reported a revenue figure of $5.11 billion in Q4 2017.

Regardless of Apple privacy and security guarantees, many experts suggest that nowadays it is of paramount importance to take security measures to avoid security breaches.


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