U.S. Law Enforcement Does Not Want New Encryption Features on Apple's and Google's Smartphones

#Privacy

Tue, Sep 30th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

Citing a loss of investigative opportunities, U.S. law enforcement agencies have been calling the new privacy features in Apple's and Google's smartphones a "very bad idea," and may have to "seek congressional legislation" in order to have the measures repealed.

Beyond lobbying the companies, there is little law enforcement can do without congressional action. Technology companies have stepped up efforts to shield customer data from hackers -- and the government -- after the NSA spy revelations and the recent theft of celebrity nude photos from Apple’s iCloud service.

“These companies are trying to build products that people want to use,” said Carl Howe, a mobility analyst with 451 Research in Boston. “They want to provide that feeling of privacy. Otherwise, people won’t use them.”

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