Here’s one area where Apple and Microsoft agree on: they both reserve the right to read your iCloud email at any point in time. This may come as a surprise to some, especially since it seems that the prevailing idea is that Apple doesn’t do “those things” without a court order.
However, Fortune highlights, a section of the iCloud agreement actually gives Apple the right to read your iCloud email:
You acknowledge and agree that Apple may, without liability to you, access, use, preserve and/or disclose your Account information and Content to law enforcement authorities, government officials, and/or a third party, as Apple believes is reasonably necessary or appropriate, if legally required to do so or if we have a good faith belief that such access, use, disclosure, or preservation is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process or request; (b) enforce this Agreement, including investigation of any potential violation thereof; (c) detect, prevent or otherwise address security, fraud or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property or safety of Apple, its users, a third party, or the public as required or permitted by law.
Sure, there’s always the “I’ve got nothing to hide” card, which should then really not make you concerned about this piece of information, but it does highlight the importance of actually reading the ToS instead of merely assuming, though TL;DR is always a lazy response.
For some, this could be a good reason to get an iCloud alternative.