There are many government agencies that are not happy with Apple right now. Especially the ones that are related to security. The new iPhones recently released feature an enhanced data encryption feature that makes it difficult for anyone but the owner to unlock the information on the phone. The encryption software encrypts emails, photos and contacts using a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code unique to the user that created it.
The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies has expressed concerns that the new feature will hinder investigations and make it much harder for them to access important information on the phones. Proponents of the software say that is the point – that government agencies are accessing the information from the phones too easily in broad based sweeps for information. The company will be unable to access the information easily for the government agency requesting it, unlike before which led to allegations of the large tech companies and the government having too cozy of a relationship when it came to people’s private information stored electronically.
Now, if Apple is sent a court order requesting information from an iPhone 6, that agency will receive pages of encrypted gibberish and an accompanying note saying that investigators will have to break the code or get the code from the phone’s owner to access the information in unencrypted form. According to Apple, it would take nearly 5 1/2 years to break the code by trying all of the possible six-digit alphanumeric passcodes possible for each phone.
While disrupting the investigative abilities of government security agencies is not Apple’s aim, making customers feel more secure about the security of their private information is. Many people now use their smartphones for banking activities, scheduling doctor’s appointments, and sending emails that they may not want the whole world to see. Knowing that random people may be accessing their information and searching through it is unsettling to many people, regardless of whether it is a criminal or a government security officer.
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