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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Apple's Encryption Disables It to Comply with US Court Order

Apple's Encryption Disables It to Comply with US Court Order

Apple's Encryption Disables It to Comply with US Court Order

Added: Saturday, September 12th, 2015
Category: About Torrents > Staying Safe And Secure
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
The tech giant had to rebuff a court order to hand over in real time text messages sent through iMessage between two Apple devices. The problem was that Apple’s encryption system leaves it unable to comply. The US Department of Justice obtained a relevant court order in an investigation involving guns and drugs. This case represents the first known direct face-off between the US authorities and Apple over encryption.


In the meantime, a proxy war has been ongoing for almost a year now. The American government, urged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been trying to make tech firms to stop providing ubiquitous encryption to their customers, claiming that it can harm the US people by making it harder to catch terrorists and other criminals.

A year ago, the FBI specifically criticized Apple’s decision to enable “end-to-end” encryption in iOS8, which prevents even Apple itself from reading its users’ messages. Now Google follows Apple’s marketing practice saying that no law enforcement, even with legal process, can ever get access to its phones.

Nevertheless, Apple is still providing more security features to users, and it could be understood. People get tired of persistent surveillance. The latest version of Apple’s Mac OS X – Yosemite – offered an option to encrypt the computer’s entire hard drive on by default.

Finally, Apple went as far as to join forces with its rival Google to write to the Obama administration and ask the American government to preserve strong encryption against pressure from law enforcement agencies, calling it a “cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security”.

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Date:  Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2015-09-12 13:20:41)
thomcomstock avatarGood! If true. Although I do not as yet trust any of the so-called "tech giants" especially Apple iPhone considering its alleged enabling of a back-door to enable police and FBI to selectively turn the camera off during protests, this sounds more like the protection of our freedoms.

Thank you SaM for the report.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET junkieET loverSupermanmenSun (2015-09-12 13:28:21)
analogkid6103 avatarSounds like this saga is getting ready for a showdown

posted by (2015-09-14 03:45:50)
SirSeedsAlot avatarThis doesn;t mean there are not backdoors present for NSA and CIA. This only states the FBI can;t get the information without help. FBI always issue warrants to get this sort of data. The spies don;t need courts or warrants they just take all of it when they want it. Smoke and mirrors to appease the masses and confuse the real issue.

posted by (2015-09-21 17:24:19)
coldfall avatarI just read Apple's "privacy statement" for latest update on the OS. It says that your personal information they collect and can use, and your contact information and people you know, emails and phone numbers they can collect and use. At some point it references bank records. The version I read did (this was from an ipad or tablet device giving notice that update was available for the device). (It is used to make some purchases on amazon and other merchants occassionally. IE: books and specialty winter-wear and clothing. Hardware that is not available at local hardware stores, etc.)

So basically when you are finished reading the end user agreement and the privacy statement, you are being crammed down on, terms that you would normally agree to if you were at a desk and talking with an Apple technician.

As you read the paragraphs about what Apple can collect and use, you think your password is the only thing you own to yourself. Lets think about that for a little while.

1) They exploit end-users by "cramming down" a privacy statement, and end user agreement, that 2) basicly, strips you of your right to privacy.

The "cram down" is an 3) unwanted privacy statement and 4) terms, that requires you to enter into an agreement on what information they can harvest from you (if you are a user of Apple products).

5) The "agreement" is a cram down-scheme that none of the people that work for Apple are prepared or trained to challenge or discuss sensibly on terms over the counter, at the store. 6) Store employees are not "authorized" to assist you in changing the terms at point of sale or at point of ungrading software. 7) The employees do not even believe they are empowered to challenge the practices or policy (internally); without risking their job. (Emphasis added.)(And the employees will admit and make similar statements in the first person, if you ask them directly, how "can I work with you to alter and amend these egregious terms?").

The exploit is that for purchasing products from APPLE, the end-usuer, "agrees" to receive updates in the operating system. 9a) The cram down scheme, "entitles" the company upon end user agreeing to the terms of use and privacy statement, they are going to 9b) feed you as an end-user, updates that cause you to 9c) renew the idea, and subject yourself to alteration of terms, so that 9d) eventually, they own your information and 9e) can distribute to whomever they want and 9f) do not have to notify you of who, and then say 10) they have built in better security features so nobody else 11) but them can harvest and used your informaition.

12) This is essentially a "We can life-hack you" agreement, and you are giving them permission to do this. Secondarily it is a "we can life-hack your family and friends" agreement (but you do not have authorization to concede for their privacy). (IE: It is an illegal contractual clause, slipped into the end user agreement and privacy statement).

13) That is simply a crappy "practice" to do to customers and employees. It essentially is a deceptive ploy placed into a contract that is crammed down in order for you to receive an update of software.

14) The end user agreement and privacy statement (I read) further states or implies APPLE Inc, sell your info to the highest bidders. And that 15) that information havested by your consent, "is compliable;" (emphasis added) meaning that if a court wanted it, they would have to give it to investigators and court officials (which are basically lawyers).

16. Under such agreements that are crammed down, it is my experience, the Courts (run by and for attorneys) consider themselves God-mode, over the company and you; that Courts have control, in policing what ever terms and privacy statements the lawyers write.

17. Amazingly, these contracts are written completely in Corporation-Apples' favor, by and for their attorneys to use as they wish, and you have no power at all in the negotiation. They negate you as a person and individual. (IE: Very disrespectful of other professionals and civilians.)(Emphasis added. That is my opinion from experience.)

18) Endusers basiclly, pay APPLE to use the technology that undermines all of their privacy.

19) In my opinion, they cram down an "aggreement" and terms that are a mind-bending give-away. It represents such a grotesque cram-down as to say, they own your information and can do with what is harvested from you, in any way they want and do not have to tell you anything and are not going to empower counter personnel to work with you on the terms of usage.

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