New York District Attorney calls mobile encryption ‘an issue of public safety’

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New York District Attorney calls mobile encryption ‘an issue of public safety’

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News / Mobile phones New York District Attorney calls mobile encryption ‘an issue of public safety’

Ever since the launch of iOS 8, Apple’s encryption methods, and level of security tuned more towards its customers than government entities, have been under the spotlight.

It more or less started with the the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raising his own concerns over the level of encryption offered by Apple for its products, and then entered an echo chamber that saw not only the FBI repeating itself, but also the United States Attorney General raising his own concerns. Now, a District Attorney out of Manhattan has stepped into the fray, stating in an interview this week (which Bloomberg reported on) that the state of encryption from Apple, Google and other companies that essentially bypasses any in-depth encroachment from government officials is “an issue of public safety:”

Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG) should be legally required to give police access to customer data necessary to investigate crimes, New York County’s top prosecutor said… Federal and state governments should consider passing laws that forbid smartphones, tablets and other such devices from being “sealed off from law enforcement,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said today in an interview at a cybersecurity conference in New York.

Apple has been straightforward regarding its new encryption policies for its customers, stating that the majority of the data encrypted in iOS 8 is inaccessible from government officials. Apple’s security plans were outlined in a public website it launched in 2014, outlining its own goals and how they relate directly to the individuals that use their products.

The focus on Apple’s encryption level has indeed been a major element recently, and it will remain so for the foreseeable future more than likely. Indeed, FBI Director James Comey is set to talk at the same cybersecurity conference that District Attorney Vance spoke at.

[via Bloomberg]





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