Posted by: David Harley | January 23, 2015

Snowden snubs smartphones

So apparently I have something in common with Edward Snowden: I don’t have an iPhone either. However, in my case it has less to do with paranoia about tracking software and more to do with not being smartphone-oriented (though from the sound of it he favours a phone that’s even dumber than mine). Apple claims that:

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

HT to Alan Martin, from whose blog for ESET I elicited this fascinating snippet. Well, not very fascinating…

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

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