Some (very) outrageous claims by Manhattan’s DA have been made about Apple’s security mechanisms used in their products. Originally reported by 9to5Mac on Monday, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says the iPhone is the ideal communication tool for terrorists.
Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,” Vance warned on “The Cats Roundtable” show on WNYM/970 AM.
“That’s going to be the terrorists’ communication device of choice.”
It’s no secret that the government wants to squeeze all of your phone calls and text messages out of your phone (read: NSA). But, it’s not limited to the United States government, either. British prime minister David Cameron has previously went on record noting his support for banning all encrypted communication.
Obviously these claims from Vance are far fetched — each person is entitled to their own privacy whether its technology-related or private property. Huge round of applause to Apple for making a device that’s secure and allowing people’s conversations to remain private. With the NSA’s constant over reach into personal privacy through tracking phone calls and logging text messages, this is important that Apple’s iPhone and iMessage system remains this way.
Let’s hope they stick to their actions, however, we’ll follow this story as more developers.