Security agencies condemn use of encryption on iPhone 6

Multicultural Meanderings

One of the unintended consequences of NSA over-reach in scooping up so much data. Another reason to buy an iPhone?

Apple declined to comment. But officials inside the intelligence agencies, while letting the FBI make the public protests, say they fear the company’s move is the first of several new technologies that are clearly designed to defeat not only the NSA, but any court orders to turn over information to intelligence agencies. They liken Apple’s move to the early days of Swiss banking, when secret accounts were set up precisely to allow national laws to be evaded.

“Terrorists will figure this out,” along with savvy criminals and paranoid dictators, one senior official predicted, and keep their data just on the iPhone 6. Another said, “It’s like taking out an ad that says, ‘Here’s how to avoid surveillance – even legal surveillance.’”

The move raises a critical issue, the intelligence officials…

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