When Apple in July announced it would require all iOS apps to use a technology called “App Transport Security” by the start of 2017, the move was widely regarded as a positive one for user privacy. Now, just barely a week before the deadline, Apple pulled back and extended the deadline indefinitely. The requirement, if implemented, would fill a significant security hole on iOS devices, according to experts.
Apple takes a strong and public position in favor of protecting its users’ privacy. The highest profile example of this is perhaps the company’s standoff in January with the FBI over its insistence that data be encrypted on iOS devices at rest, regardless of the owner or reasons for a government’s requests to override those protections.
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