Date: September 30, 2014
““Apple will become the phone of choice for the pedophile,” Chicago PD chief of detectives John Escalante said in a Thursday Washington Post report. “The average pedophile at this point is probably thinking, I’ve got to get an Apple phone.”
Apple announced last week that users who update their devices to iOS 8 will now have all of their data automatically encrypted, meaning it will only be viewable with the device owner’s corresponding Apple password. Even if law enforcement were to obtain the data from Apple, they would be locked out via the new auto-encryption. Google announced similar standards for its Android mobile platform the next day.
Officials responsible for making the allegations have been accused of fearmongering in the media, as law enforcement will still be capable of obtaining traditional warrants to tap phone lines, read texts and search call records provided by service providers like Verizon, AT&T and others.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the changes as part of a broader Apple effort to improve user privacy and data security. Cook said he is committed to keeping Apple from becoming a “treasure trove” of private user data for the NSA.”
“FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
Comey added that FBI officials already have made initial contact with the two companies, which announced their new smartphone encryption initiatives last week. He said he could not understand why companies would “market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”
The new encryption initiatives by Apple and Google come after June’s Supreme Court ruling requiring police, in most circumstances, to get a search warrant before gathering data from a cellphone. The magistrate courts that typically issue search warrants, meanwhile, are more carefully scrutinizing requests amid the heightened privacy concerns that followed the NSA disclosures that began last year.
Civil liberties activists call this shift a necessary correction to the deterioration of personal privacy in the digital era — and especially since Apple’s introduction of the iPhone in 2007 inaugurated an era in which smartphones became remarkably intimate companions of people everywhere.”
I can think of a few reasons why Apple and Google would do this, and it has nothing to do with Mr. Comey’s “allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”, shameful hyperbole…
On the one hand, U.S. government agencies have habitually proven themselves to be untrustworthy, when they have these kinds of powers and options. Some people in these agencies have committed crimes, in their own right, by their invasion of the privacy of citizens. They are virtually never held accountable for this…Many, many, many, many, many U.S. citizens are fed up with this entirely unacceptable state of affairs.
On another hand…these companies [at least Google] have suffered for violating legal agreements with their customers in the past, by allowing U.S. government agencies to do what these companies promised would never happen. They are trying to atone for their trespasses, and win back the trust of their customer base…These are for profit businesses, after all…and they have to provide what the customer demands, and with loyal integrity…or their business model will fail.
To make things all the more harrowing…we are living in an age, where it is becoming a trend for major businesses to have their services hacked into by hackers…Our latest experience with this is Home Depot. Being someone who has been violated by this exact same trend more than once now [in the past couple of years]…I cannot even begin to tell you how fed up I am with it…nor how irreconcilably non-negotiable, encryption of the strongest quality possible is.
…But, the FBI and cops don’t want us having the best possible encryption…Heck, it seems they don’t like us having encryption at all, and so long as it makes their jobs [or any inhibition that comes with them] easier…they’d love us all haplessly setting out here, vulnerable to anyone with the ability to violate our privacy.
So…they’ve put out the quotable “sound bite” now…and these vindictive cretins have decided to smear Apple…dumping this idiotic nonsense about “iPhones being the choice of pedophiles”…
…Irony here, is that I, as a pedophile, would not even know anything about any of this, had these hyperventilating screwballs not soiled themselves, and thrown a tantrum in front of the nation.
They are making this up…It is hyperbole, of a shameful and despicable nature…Many of us pedophiles don’t give a flying flip, about getting an iPhone…I, for one, use a cell phone that does not even have a built in camera…I doubt this new revelation is going to change anything, as my current service meets both my budget and my current needs.
…Besides, aren’t the majority of these “child porn”, cell phone cases teenagers sexting each other?…as in, most are not pedophiles, at all?
These FBI [etc.] cretins, are trying to bully Apple and Google, by “naming and shaming” them…and trying to link those two companies with the social “pedophile” stigma.
One last thing…
…I would like all onlookers to understand [and especially the FBI, and other LEO, even if they are less likely to be looking on]…that as a pedophile, I have every bit as much legitimate, legal activity as anybody else, which requires solid, strong encryption. Just because I am a pedophile, does not mean that I am unentitled to the best encryption available.
Every bit as importantly…just because I am a pedophile, does not make it right or acceptable for any of you to suspect me, discriminate against me, or invade my privacy in any way…Nor does it make it acceptable, for you to use people like me as the butt of your bully pulpit.
…And this “choice of pedophiles” comment…it deserves to be classed amongst the ranks of the most vile, racist and phobic hate speech ever spoken.