Apple Cannot Decrypt iPhones Running iOS 8 for Law Enforcement

Apple Cannot Decrypt iPhones Running iOS 8 for Law Enforcement

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iOS 8 brought many new features when it was released yesterday, but Apple also rolled out many new security enhancements amid privacy concerns.

Apple launched an entire new page highlighting its commitment to security and privacy, with CEO Tim Cook even writing a letter to customers regarding the company's commitment to privacy.

There are many updates to security that you can read about here, but one new change we noticed was that Apple can no longer decrypt iPhones for law enforcement if the device is running iOS 8.

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. 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.

Even if Apple was required to decrypt and extract the information on an iPhone running iOS 8, it would be impossible to do so if a passcode was enabled on the device.

iOS 8 also randomizes Wi-Fi mac addresses to prevent companies form tracking your movements when scanning for Wi-Fi networks.

You can read all about the technical side of iOS security here

Apple Cannot Decrypt iPhones Running iOS 8 for Law Enforcement
Russell - September 18, 2014 at 11:28pm
Android has offered optional encryption on some devices since 2011.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/09/18/newest-androids-will-join-iphones-in-offering-default-encryption-blocking-police/
Kaylin - September 20, 2014 at 11:06pm
LOL...you did read that article right? It says SOME devices this was offered, at I assume a premium. This is being offered on EVERY single iPhone that is updated to iOS8
Intrusive - September 18, 2014 at 9:55pm
Perhaps they could just insert some monitoring program onto our devices without consent or authorization, that we cannot remove, like they did with that god awful U2 crap? My trust was broken by that idiotic stunt.
Russell - September 18, 2014 at 11:41pm
That's Carrier IQ.
King Rollo - September 19, 2014 at 5:40am
No sense, it was added to your library for a limited time if you don't download the U2 album will go- for ever. You do understand how to operate icloud right?
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