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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 · 23346 views
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.
King Techno
King 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.
it wasnt me
it wasnt me - September 28, 2014 at 5:35am
Chicago police you are correct! iSheeps are pedophiles!
wtf? - September 28, 2014 at 4:59am
Childish and foolish if you believe this shyt Apple is telling you. They can and will decrypt if they want. In fact, they are giving your info to Big Brothers as I type this.
cheah - September 28, 2014 at 12:32am
just because one out of 100 million is a pedophile the rest of us have to give up our privacy? f*** the fbi, good of you apple. no talkie the plasticky POS phone makers they gave that shit up with a phone call...
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.
LAC - September 27, 2014 at 10:31am
This is the result of you govt. And NSA abusing the people with their privacy. Now apple and google is force to tighten their security for consumers rights. Stupid govt. Agencies!
The Voice Of Reason.
The Voice Of Reason. - 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...
KMC King
KMC King - September 27, 2014 at 8:30am
Why doesn't the Chicago police go after Ironkey thumb drive. They use military encryption. Using pedophiles as an example is just another scare tactic.
Microsoft - September 27, 2014 at 4:41am
we know that
John Constantinides
John Constantinides - September 27, 2014 at 3:30am
James Comey is a NWO scumbag.
DumbCop - September 27, 2014 at 3:05am
Apple is a company, not a phone.
Howulikeit - September 27, 2014 at 2:45am
Piss poor exscuse .. You want certain law breakers to be traced then supply them with a phone that does it.. Not try to jeperdise other people at your sloppy way of an exscuse
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?
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