Apple Will No Longer Unlock iPhones for the Police

#Privacy

Thu, Sep 18th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

Possibly in response to allegations that the tech industry did not push back strongly enough against government data collection, Apple has announced that as of iOS 8, it will no longer keep copies of the "encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests."

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.

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