In a privacy statement released in the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, Apple says its proprietary messaging and video chat services are “protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them.”

Even Apple employees, the statement says, cannot read such communications. Also, the company adds, “we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.”

As The Verge points out, a Drug Enforcement Administration memo that leaked in April complained that it is “impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple devices.”

If you’re in the market for a non-Apple brand of secure communication, try Cryptocat for instant messaging or Silent Circle, a pay service co-founded by cryptography legend Phil Zimmerman.

Or you could just try writing your most secret ideas down on a piece of paper.

— Posted by Peter Z. Scheer.

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