Apple’s Messages app isn’t as private as you think

Apple has said time and again that its Messages app (formerly iMessage) – which allows iOS users to send SMS and encrypted messages to their conacts – is more secure than other tools, to the point that the company couldn’t comply with wiretap orders from law enforcment even if it wanted to.

It turns out that’s not entirely true: The Intercept has secured a document from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Electronic Surveillance Support Team, that details how Messages stores metadata about every phone number you try to contact through the app, and how police can get their hands on that data by filing a request.

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