The Gummit vs. Apple

From September 2014

 

Signaling the commencement of the post-Snowden era, the New York Times reported today that the new Apple iphone6 locks out NSA snooping – and the snoops are pissed.

The article may be seen here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/27/technology/iphone-locks-out-the-nsa-signaling-a-post-snowden-era-.html

The phone is the first generation to disrupt government listening and investigation.

“The phone encrypts emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone’s user — and that Apple says it will not possess.”

“The result, the company is essentially saying, is that if Apple is sent a court order demanding that the contents of an iPhone 6 be provided to intelligence agencies or law enforcement, it will turn over gibberish, along with a note saying that to decode the phone’s emails, contacts and photos, investigators will have to break the code or get the code from the phone’s owner”

Breaking the code, according to Apple, could take five and a half years; others think the codes could be broken sooner – but not like this week.

Already the FBI, probably speaking for other government snoops is up in arms – what about kidnapped babies? What about the terror threats from the Islamic State?

The marketing of this product is “something expressly designed to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law.”  Oh my!

FBI Director James Comey “cited kidnapping cases, in which exploiting the contents of a seized phone could lead to finding a victim, and predicted there would be moments when parents would come to him “with tears in their eyes, look at me and say, ‘What do you mean you can’t’ ” decode the contents of a phone? CNN updated the court battle today:

http://www.cnet.com/videos/share/apple-vs-the-fbi-an-easy-explanation/

At Apple and Google, executives point out that the government has brought this on themselves. Buyers of their products in Germany, Brazil and China insist that there be no “back door” into the iphone which would allow the US government to snoop.

And in the post Ed Snowden world, no one is for expanding government snooping; Current law allows for wire taps but does not cover the content of a smart phone.

The NSA trampled on privacy rights with unlawful spying – now technology is gonna make it more difficult. And getting a warrant from a secret FISA Court is not like getting a real warrant from a real court anyway.

Bravo Apple.  And bravo Ed Snowden.

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I posted the above on September 27, 2014.  And yes, the snoops are still pissed off.

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About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to The Gummit vs. Apple

  1. beetleypete says:

    I am not a fan of Apple. I resent the way that they tie the buyer into having to have everything compliant with their operating systems. However, on this issue, I have to say ‘well done.’
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. toritto says:

    Hi Pete -I don’t particularly care for Apple or Google either. Both of them spy on their own users and use your information for their own benefit and profit. And while Apple is trying to appear to be standing up for the consumer they are actually protecting their own place in the market – millions abroad insist there be no back door for the US government to spy- as well as their own governments who would certainly demand access to the back door if the US government wins it’s case. But in this case the enemy of my enemy is my friend – the Apple position is ballsy and while it may protect their profits, it also protects privacy rights for the time being -what little is left of it.

    Regards from Florida

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  3. I sense a subtle power shift in Washington over spying. I don’t this Apple would oppose the government so vigorously if they didn’t believe they could prevail. It must be costing them a fortune in legal fees but like most multinationals they seem to have a lot of cash sloshing around.

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