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.
The absolute privacy of Facebook and Twitter users can no longer be tolerated in the face of international terror, David Cameron suggested yesterday.
Tory MP Henry Bellingham asked the prime minister whether the attacks in Tunisia meant it was time “companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter… understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?”
Cameron agreed, saying that the security services must always be able to “get to the bottom” of online communications.
From the articles I’ve read, it mainly looks like DC and the Conservative government will be targeting technology companies, rather than the individual, but I suspect regardless of the outcome, the legislation that is proposed will have serious ramifications on individuals utilising encryption methods to protect their data.