Private data sharing using CloudKit

Is there a straightforward way to share private data between two or more users using CloudKit?

Public and private date are obvious, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to allow a group of users to organize their own silo to share data amongst themselves without making it available to all the other users of the system and to the app developer.

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  • I have an academic collaboration app in mind but the simplest example would be private messaging between two users.

    I guess one could try to build a public key encryption system on top of CloudKit to achieve that, but that’s not what I’m looking for and would scale poorly beyond two users per group.

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    At WWDC 2016, Apple introduced CKShare which addresses this use case. As of Jun 13th, 2016, the beta API is public but undocumented. The sharing API is demonstrated in the WWDC 2016 video What’s new with CloudKit, starting at 19:57.

    Short answer: YES!

    CloudKit Sharing was introduced at WWDC 2016. There is a great overview in the “What’s new in CloudKit” session:

    Technically yes, you can share private data between two our more users with CloudKit. While the data store is public, this does not mean that each user has access to the entire public store. Your design can control access to portions of the public database within each app instance.

    By developing an app that uses the public database with unique identifiers for groups of users, and zones using CKRecordZoneNotification for managing notifications, you should be able to create a reasonably secure solution. You decide what reasonably secure means.

    Here’s a link to Apple’s docs for CKRecordZoneNotification

    Using the public database and encrypting the shared content would work. Might not be too much fun because then you would need to share encryption keys.