Apple Inc. and Google Inc Under Scrutiny For Being Too Secure

Apple Inc. and Google Inc Under Scrutiny For Being Too Secure
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are two of the biggest tech companies in the world, and so it is not surprising that security is a top priority. Unfortunately, both companies are under scrutiny for taking extra security measures.

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Google recently unveiled Android 5.0 Lollipop with an encrypted security feature, and Apple unveiled iOS 8 with a similar feature. These features are by default. Such tight security features mean neither Google nor Android would be able to unlock a device, even if prompted by law enforcement.

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Apple challenges Department of Justice

Yesterday the Dept. of Justice criticized the tech companies for making the move. They noted that if officials could not access a user’s phone in some emergency cases, a child might die. Not everyone agrees with the DOJ’s plea. Apple claims the child kidnap scenario is inflammatory and that the government could obtain information from other sources, including telecommunications companies. This all led to a standoff between Apple and the DOJ.

Last year, former National Security Agency officer Edward Snowden revealed spy tactics used by the United States government which prompted tech companies to rethink security. Apple also encrypts data end-to-end in iMessage, but that leaves some experts concerned the new technology would make it vulnerable to snooping.

WhatsApp puts customer privacy first

Google and Apple are not the only companies making privacy a priority for their customers. WhatsApp, a popular messaging app owned by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), uses powerful encryption to protect user privacy. The app’s co-founder, Jan Koum, claims he is committed to protecting users from virtual intrusion because he grew up in the Soviet Union back in the 1980s. He watched his mother and other adults routinely assume local authorities were eavesdropping on their calls.

WhatsApp uses TextSecure to ensure messages can only be read by senders and recipients, even if the company is under a subpoena. Since the encryption is default, WhatsApp users don’t have to turn the feature on.

via: ITProPortal

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  1. those previously secret WWII peace treaties legalized it. War time treaties trump any peace time constitutions. The patriot act reinforced it. No one seemed to care when that was signed into law.

  2. How about stay the hell out of my business!!!!! That is the best suggestion.
    If they are able to access this without cause; next they will want to wire tap your land line without cause too.
    If I commit a crime get a warrant; take my phone and dump it; search my car, home and cavity. If I did nothing go away and focus your efforts on the better good; not bigger government oversight and cost to taxpayers.
    “Big Brother” has no right to access our information without cause. It is akin to illegal search and against the law. Fruit from a poison tree is unusable in court.
    The real truth is that government is inept at anything IT; and wants to use AAPL; Google and others to do their job for them.

  3. This was a hot topic back in the Blackberry and Lotus Notes days with their encryption. When NSA required a backdoor, but locked out foreign law enforcement. Foreign governments banned blackberries and high encryption Lotus Notes because of this. There is a simple answer invented decades ago to solve this issue, it’s called the ‘alternate data key’, one key for the user. If the device is owned by a company, one key for the company’s legal department. If you live in a jurisdiction where law requires it, then also one more key for law enforcement. The ADK’s are stored in a secure location, renewed/rotated/revoked as required.

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