by Brent Dirks
July 16, 2014
Apple has followed through on its promise and is now encrypting all sent and received emails via iCloud. The news was first spotted on a Google transparency report and reported by TUAW. Previously, only emails sent to and from iCloud addresses were encrypted. But now, even emails from third-party providers, like Gmail and Yahoo Mail, are as well. For the end-to-end encryption to happen, Apple has to work with other providers to implement a system. Along with icloud.com email addresses, Apple said the change would affect users with me.com and mac.com addresses. With consumers increasingly concerned about the privacy of their data, the email changes are definitely a great bit of news. Interestingly, Apple has recently been lauded for protecting private user data from government requests. Back in May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published its 2014 “Who Has Your Back Report.” And at least in the six major categories measured by the report, Apple was awarded a gold star in every one. For other news today, see: Apple agrees to $450 million settlement in e-book price fixing case, Overcast, a podcast app from Instapaper creator Marco Arment, has landed on the App Store, and Paul McCartney relaunches 5 of his classic albums as iPad apps.