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originally posted by: Snarl
Let me try and shplain to ya'll what's going on here. Believe me or not ... makes no difference.
1. The government can decrypt anything. I know ... I've seen it.
2. Law prohibits them from arbitrarily doing so, especially if you're a U.S. citizen.
3. No law prohibits the government from compelling a business to turn your info over to them.
4. If they turn your # over to the government, the rules change, and you get owned.
5. The government thrives on this resource.
6. Apple doesn't have access to the decryption resources the government has.
7. Since Apple is stepping away, Uncle Sug has to start playing by the letter of the law, and life's not so easy anymore.
originally posted by: spirit_horse
ETA: They used to put clipper chips on every board so the NSA could access the data. I am sure they are way more advanced than that.
originally posted by: Aazadan
Also, this is all for show. The founder of Lavabit is still sitting in jail on an indefinite contempt of court charges merely because he appealed a trial that found him guilty that he wasn't even given the right to attend because it was secret information. But he's in contempt rather than carrying out his sentence which is heavy fines/jail time.
Apple knows of this, I guarantee you. They realize they have no authority to make their devices actually secure.
If Apple or whoever simply doesn't have the wherewithal to DO it, then they can't choose to do or not do, so no legal recourse by the Gubmint, unless they pass a law requiring computing devices themselves to have mandatory backdoors, which wouldn't go over with the public, yet.
originally posted by: VirusGuard
I Would not trust Apple to encrypt my data any more than i trust Microsoft who has done all it can to stop TrueCrypt working on a windows base PCs.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: Raxoxane
So it matters to the FBI that they might end up seizing someone's phone/device and being unable to access the files and data in there. In terrorist terms, a phone might have chemical weaponry pdfs on it or a spreadsheet listing contacts. In criminal terms, a money launderer might have similarly interesting evidence and be safe from exposure.
It's an imprisonable offence in the UK to withhold a passkey when asked by law enforcement and undoubtedly the same in the States. That alone will make most people compliant and have no impact at all on a serious criminal or committed extremist.
originally posted by: intrptr
Ultimately, every new encryption is hackable.