As much as you don’t want to think about it, your right to privacy is under attack. Yes, hackers and criminals are all over your wonderfully secure iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but so are the government’s hackers and spooks. The difference here is that the courts tend to side with the government.
You’ve read about Apple’s recent skirmishes with the FBI over access to a few older iPhones which authorities wanted to break into and demanded Apple’s help. Those battles are not over and the war is not yet won. Next up? Full court-sanctioned searches to your computer.
Enter Supremes, Laughing
Apple may have won a few battles with the FBI but the government’s arms are long. The US Supreme Court now thinks that any judge has the authority to issue warrants to search computers– remotely–even if those computers are concealed and in another country. Or, yours.
That sounds like government sanctioned hacking to me. These rulings are really changes to procedures and the y come with a few restrictions, but regardless, they are less restrictive than they were before the changes.
Senator Ron Wyden:
Under the proposed rules, the government would now be able to obtain a single warrant to access and search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime
Uh oh. Anybody see a problem with that?
Apple can’t hurry up that fully enclosed, fully encrypted, fully secure operating system fast enough to suit me. Here’s another example of why this kind of search freedom can be so dangerous.
The former sergeant of the Philadelphia Police Department has been accused of possessing child abuse images, but no formal charges have been brought. Law enforcement needs the suspect to decrypt two hard drives, but he has so far refused — and a judge has ruled that the suspect will stay in jail until he complies.
He’s in jail but hasn’t been charged because there’s no evidence. Authorities think that’s on his computer. If he gives up access to the computer with the password to decrypt the files there could be evidence, but maybe not (if you’ve got nothing to hide, why worry, right?
What this is boiling down to is glaringly simple but I don’t see too many politicians talking about it. Authorities can get a court order to rummage through our iPhones, iPads, and Macs, and if we don’t comply by unlocking said devices, we could go to jail until we do. Even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing; only a suspicion is required to get the order.
I’m not the only one, right? Anybody else see a massive problem with this?