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Chicago Police: 'Apple Will Become the Phone of Choice for the Pedophile'

Chicago Police: 'Apple Will Become the Phone of Choice for the Pedophile'

Posted September 26, 2014 at 7:01pm by iClarified
Law enforcement officials are speaking out against Apple's announcement that it can no longer decrypt iPhones for law enforcement if the device is running iOS 8.

Yesterday the FBI indicated that it was in talks with Apple and Google over their improved encryption features. FBI director James Comey said he was 'very concerned' with the steps that tech giants were taking to strengthen privacy on mobile devices.

"I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is beyond the law," Comey told reporters. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law."

Local police are also complaining about the move with some going as far as suggesting that the iPhone will be the phone of choice for pedophiles, reports the Washington Post.

“Apple will become the phone of choice for the pedophile,” said John J. Escalante, chief of detectives for Chicago’s police department. “The average pedophile at this point is probably thinking, I’ve got to get an Apple phone.”

“I’ve been an investigator for almost 27 years,” says Los Angeles police Detective Brian Collins, “It’s concerning that we’re beginning to go backwards with this technology.”

These statements are dismissed by civil liberties activists.

“Law enforcement has an enormous range of technical and old-fashioned methods to go after the perpetrators of real crime, and no amount of security effort at Silicon Valley tech companies is going to change that fact,” said Peter Eckersley, director of technology projects at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco. “The reality is that if the FBI really wants to investigate someone, they have a spectacular arsenal of weapons.”

Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Should Apple be able to let the FBI into your phone if they have a warrant?

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Dick Hurtzem
Dick Hurtzem - September 30, 2014 at 11:12pm
i've gotta get me an iPhone
Bdiz - September 29, 2014 at 8:19pm
Chicago cops don't believe In democracy or free will. They aren't anti privacy, maybe we should release all their information and medical histories and financial statements.
Techno - September 28, 2014 at 10:31pm
Everything about google is NOT PRIVACY? Acting like they will do the same thing like APPLE is pure marketing.
Hector - September 28, 2014 at 12:02am
Heck no! I believe in the 4th amendment! Good for Apple in sticking up for us. Tell the FBI if they want info to come to my house. #4thamendment
portclinton216 - September 27, 2014 at 10:37am
How many pedophile cases have been solved through access of a smartphone is the question. Because the FBI and Chicago police are acting as if it's a Substantial amount and they are losing out on vital info to catch these criminals. And of course they reference pedophiles because when your talking about the safety of a persons child it because personal.
dk2013 - September 27, 2014 at 10:23am
This is like saying that every house should be built with back doors reserved for the police, just in case they decide to storm the place. It's just freaking unbelievable. BUT... on the plus side, it reveals the attitude of government and law enforcement, and hopefully it will result in some changes.
Jan - September 27, 2014 at 10:00am
Wow trying to scare people and apple I see... What about ironkey thumb drive? Also Google announced android is gonna follow in their next update as Apple...
Ren - September 27, 2014 at 4:41am
we know that
a49c9b5 - September 27, 2014 at 3:05am
Apple is a company, not a phone.
Gern Blansten
Gern Blansten - September 27, 2014 at 12:45am
Hyperbole much?
George - September 27, 2014 at 12:28am
Give me a break. They hang on anything to make Apple look bad. They go crazy when they don't have control. Your not going to able to manipulate the situation by throwing around all these scenarios. Messaging is encrypted and what get over it. This just shows how governments try to control the people.
PaladinLV - September 26, 2014 at 11:46pm
Through 66 years of my life, the police (especially in large metropolitan areas) have complained about not being able to do their job because of changes in the law, technology, etc. Yet, in those 66 years, they have managed to do a superb job in keeping law and order in our society and have admirably adapted to all changes. So to the unnamed "officials", please stop whining and get with the program.
And. - September 26, 2014 at 11:16pm
I don't see the big issue. Apple has always been this way towards Law Enforcement. Now all of a sudden it's a big deal?
Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne - September 26, 2014 at 11:01pm
Frightening. Simply frightening. We are returning to a world where we have more to fear from Law Enforcement than we do from criminals.
Seb - September 26, 2014 at 9:39pm
Shawn2010 - September 26, 2014 at 8:11pm
In order to gain access to the information on the phone, you need judicial authorization to do so (ie. Search Warrant). The evidence on a device could be paramount to many a type of investigations and perhaps be the "smoking gun" law enforcement requires. Yes, an investigation can have many components and the data on the phone may support the criminal act or may have nothing at all but it can be a big factor in any case. Anyways, with proper authorization, Law Enforcement shouldn't hit a brick wall to gain access. I agree with the statement that perpetrators may now resort to using using iPhone's since the data can not be used against them. When or if this affects you personally, you will then understand the consequence of this action by Apple,
NoGoodNick - September 26, 2014 at 10:53pm
Sorry, Shawn, but you weren't paying attention. This isn't Apple only. Right now, both Apple and Google (and everyone using the Android OS) is doing the same thing. Which means it's only a matter of time until Amazon, MS and other cell phone makers follow suit. Again, this action was forced by an unrestricted use of blanket searches. If there wasn't such a problem with law-enforcement, it wouldn't have come to this. You have no one to blame but yourselves.
Shawn2010 - September 27, 2014 at 12:30pm
Yes Nick, I should have included Google in the mix as well and I guess you weren't paying attention to what I had to say either. From what I have read thus far in this thread, it would be a waste of energy to convince you or others that this isn't a good thing. Once it becomes a personal matter to you, then perhaps you will change your mind. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Shawn2010 - September 27, 2014 at 8:32pm
Your kidding, right Techno1? I think there must be a little more to it then just that. Perhaps provide a link to this and I can offer my opinion. Furthermore, this appears to be off-topic to the actual reason I commented in the first place.
John - September 26, 2014 at 7:50pm
No. The FBI has the ability to track illegal activity on the web. Access to the phones memory is just icing on the cake for prosecution.
iHA69 - September 26, 2014 at 7:35pm
Chicago needs to go stop all the drugs and murders instead of worrying about this stuff
ShadowOne - September 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
Phone of choice? Tell that to Jennifer Lawrence. Sometimes you don't really need to decrypt anything to get what you need. You're the FBI/police and you will find a way. So stop asking companies to give you a backdoor.
gamerscul9870 - September 26, 2014 at 7:22pm
Because it suits anyone and everyone.
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