Earlier this year I wrote about Apple’s new encryption deployed on all new iPhones or those running the more recent firmware and that this was good news for anyone concerned about their iPhones and their personal privacy.
Wired published an article this week stating that in New York, 92 criminal cases have come about where an iPhone running Apple’s new encryption was a piece of evidence and that in 74 cases, the NYPD were locked out of the iPhone altogether. We can bet that in the 18 cases where the phone was accessed, they were not utilising the alphanumeric passwords I discussed in my earlier article.
That makes the encryption mechanism somewhat successful in the face of one of the biggest police departments in the World.
Stories like this will have major repercussions in terms of laws regarding encryption on devices such as the iPhone, and if the UK is anything to go by, its likely America will introduce some kind of legislation against such forms of encryption.