In light of the NSA scandal and many other monitoring services in 2013, it already looks like 2014 is set to be the year of privacy. Services like Cryptocat have spent the last two years offering users a way of communicating with a massively reduced fear of outside observation, unfortunately Apple don’t want people using the chat service on their mobile OS.
Developer Nadim Kobeissi has taken to Twitter to scald Apple for rejecting their software, but stated that he is unfortunately under a non-disclosure agreement as part of Apples developer program the prevents him from going into specifics, despite him believing that Apples reasons for rejection were “illegitimate”. This sets a bad precedent for future encrypted chat clients and it could pave the way for other providers such as Android to dominate the market for those who want to keep data snooping out of their lives.
Cryptocat have already moved their servers to a Swedish nuclear bunker, and makes every effort to ensure their users can enjoy end-to-end encryption from their service. What’s strange is that Apple’s OS X store has the app available, but when it comes to mobile devices such as the iPad and iPhone, Apple just don’t want to know, something that Jobeissi says he might be willing to challenge legally.
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