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There’s a Tap for That

June 17th, 2013 - 6:58 am

Apple released a statement today regarding its involvement with PRISM. They’ve received up to 5,000 requests from “US law enforcement” just since December, but they add:

Apple has always placed a priority on protecting our customers’ personal data, and we don’t collect or maintain a mountain of personal details about our customers in the first place. There are certain categories of information which we do not provide to law enforcement or any other group because we choose not to retain it.

For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.

There’s some comfort in that.

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Apple does not provide the carrier pipe, so the disclaiming of having provided data is as meaningful as if Samsung denied doing so.
43 weeks ago
43 weeks ago Link To Comment
First, Headline of the week.

Second, from the article:

"For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. "

Umm ... bullsh*t?
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
iMessage and Facetime are, in fact, encrypted. The DEA was moaning about this very thing not long ago.

It's AES-256, if you were curious, which is functionally unbreakable. If you're smart and use two-factor authentication on your Apple ID, not even Apple can access the keys.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
May be true though. The Court said law enforcement can't force an Apple user to disclose his password: something to do with the 5th. So far police forensics are unable to break an encrypted Apple file. But they also said NSA have not snooped, or the IRS rogue agents did their rogue things all by themselves. Trust them, 1984 is well and thriving.

Newest Apple ads:
Use Apple to stymy the NSA.
Apple: Computer for the baddies.

Have you noticed: the emails are not included in the disclaimer?

44 weeks ago
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The claim is "Apple cannot decrypt the data." That's what I'm calling BS on. It may be that they *will* not, even under duress from the feds. But "cannot" is a total crock of crap.
44 weeks ago
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Ah, but trust them, they said the NSA have not snooped, and the IRS would never leak your tax returns to the current regime in the WH.

I totally trust they will not under duress, but they will under no duress.
Rumor has it that they have already handed in the back room key so the feds can look anytime convenient to nail a political opponent. In Obamaland, rumors are more trustworthy than the WH's press release thru the supine press.
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Assuming you're willing to believe them...
44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
Apple has lead the field in providing easy to use strong encryption to end users. That's primarily why data forensic people hate OS X. They have a pretty stellar privacy record compared with, say, Microsoft.

So, I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I suspect most others will as well, unless they have an axe to grind.
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