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Does Apple’s Cloud Key Vault Answer the Key Escrow Question?

In a recent talk at Black Hat, Apple ‘s head of security engineering (Ivan Krstic) described many security mechanisms in iOS. One in particular stood out: Apple’ s Cloud Key Vault, the way that Apple protects cryptographic keys stored in iCloud. A number of people have criticized Apple for this design, saying that they have effectively conceded the “Going Dark” encryption debate to the FBI. They didn ‘t, and what they did was done for very valid business reasons — but they’ re taking a serious risk, one

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