Apple will No Longer Unlock User’s Mobile Devices for Police, Even with Search WarrantsPosted: September 18, 2014
The Washington Post reports: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.
“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”
As the new operating system becomes widely deployed over the next several weeks, the number of iPhones and iPads that Apple is capable of breaking into for police will steadily dwindle to the point where only devices several years old — and incapable of running iOS 8 — can be unlocked by Apple.
Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.
The move is the latest in a series in which Apple has sought to distinguish itself from competitors through more rigorous security, especially in the aftermath of revelations about government spying made by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year… (read more)
- Apple Tells Government to Pound Sand – Updates Code in iOS 8 to Block Law Enforcement & Government Agencies from Accessing Phone Regardless of Warrant Demands (libertynews.com)
- Apple Won’t Turn Over Your Phone’s Data to Police If You’re Using iOS 8 (gizmodo.com)
- Apple: iOS 8 will keep your private data safe from the US Government (betanews.com)
- New Apple Encryption System Used in Latest Generation of iPhones and iPads Cannot Be Unlocked for Police or Intelligence Agencies (matthewaid.com)