Privacy, Encryption, National and International Security Problems
what will happen when the nsa no longer knows everything about our information?
Apple Computer released its new iPhone models 6 and 6 Plus this month. The company also revealed that it had a new strategy in reacting to United States government requests for access to users data.
Apple and other high tech companies have been complaining for years about these requests and about the fact that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and FISA court decisions forbid these concerns from even revealing to the public the existence of the government’s requests for data about their customers and users. Now, Apple has stated that it can no longer access customer data, e.g., emails, instant messages and other forms of digital communications. The company says that it has decided to encrypt customer data in order to protect privacy. It claims it will not store such communications and will not, itself, have access to the keys to decrypt the data.
Apple states: “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.” Google will also encrypt Android data.