DOJ Tells Apple a Child Will Die Because of Its Encrypted iPhones

DOJ Tells Apple a Child Will Die Because of Its Encrypted iPhones

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The Justice Department told Apple that the encryption on its iPhones will lead to the death of a child at meeting last month, reports the WSJ.

Law enforcement officials have been campaigned against privacy measures implemented by Apple, Google, and others following a recent attempt by companies to prevent the government from accessing private user data.

With the launch of iOS 8, Apple announced that it could no longer decrypt iPhones for law enforcement if the device is running the latest software.

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.

FBI director James Comey said he is 'very concerned' with the steps that tech giants are 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."

The WSJ says that soon after Apple's announcement, the FBI requested a meeting. On October 1st, Deputy Attorney General James Cole met with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and two other employees.

Here's what reportedly happened:

In his fourth-floor conference room, Mr. Cole told the Apple officials they were marketing to criminals. At one point, he read aloud from a printout of Apple’s announcement, quoting a section in which the company said that under the new system Apple couldn’t cooperate with a court order to retrieve data from a phone even if it wanted to. Mr. Cole offered the Apple team a gruesome prediction: At some future date, a child will die, and police will say they would have been able to rescue the child, or capture the killer, if only they could have looked inside a certain phone.

Apple representatives viewed Cole's suggestion as 'inflammatory and inaccurate'. They said that police have other ways to get information including call logs and location information from cellphone carriers. In addition, users often store copies of the data on their phones elsewhere.

What do you think? Should companies be forced to implement a backdoor into their software for the government. Let us know in the comments!

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DOJ Tells Apple a Child Will Die Because of Its Encrypted iPhones

KMC - May 11, 2015 at 4:36pm
Personally I don't believe having access to mobile phones is going to make or break "security". Our government is the guiltiest of them all as far as invasion of privacy crimes. We need to STOP reacting to their media blitzes and use some common sense. We have to stop being sheeples that hand over our rights to a corrupt, dishonest, disgraceful government. I think it's time that the American people stop following and begin leading. Thank you Apple for doing your part in protecting MY privacy.
hmichaelyoung - November 21, 2014 at 8:11pm
I am very pleased that user privacy has finally found a home with these technologies. I'm not so concerned about DOJ, FBI, etc. seeing or not seeing my data, or anyone else, but I don't like my data used to profile me within these cloud services. Neither federal or corporate access of private data and communication has a good reputation on how this information is used.
J Desai - November 21, 2014 at 6:38am
Governments take out their frustration, resulting from their inability to provide security is taken out on privacy of individuals. The Privacy is also important, and governments across the globe has no respect fro privacy.
assface - November 20, 2014 at 11:25pm
Sensitive info being hackable will also lead to crimes and perhaps deaths if you want to follow any such train of thought there's a probability for anything and everything. Stupid DOJ and their scare tactics. Don't believe them. They just want to swallow your soul.
Dang The Hung - November 20, 2014 at 6:40pm
And this is coming from the same DOJ that allowed firearms from the US to cross into Mexico and deliberately end up in the hands of drug cartels to be used against American Law Enforcement. SMDH.. Your government is corrupt folks. Time to refresh that said tree of liberty!
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