“With iOS 8 law enforcement can now control your phone and prevent you from taking photos, videos and recordings of officers when they are near. The apps will be disabled within a certain radius. Capturing any police brutality is now prohibited.”
Apple employee who demands to remain anonymous
Sept. 17, 2014
This better be a fucking joke/rumor.
Apple holds a patent which mentions that its technology could have applications for law enforcement and government security. For example, the patent description notes that covert ‘police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions’.
This little tidbit sold me on the Galaxy over the iPhone for my next phone since I’m due for an upgrade.
If true, this is horrifying.
I can’t find a single news story about this “Apple employee”. Note that I didn’t say a single trusted news story; I can’t find one from anybody. And if this was true, it would most definitely have been picked up by everybody.
It should also be noted that in the linked patent application, the “blackout” the patent is talking about is light-based.
Excessive lighting emanating from wireless devices can also create disruption in dark environments. While it is well known that excessive or bright lighting in a movie theater can spoil the mood of certain movies, excessive lighting can also become a more serious issue in other contexts. For example, darkrooms used to develop film can only tolerate very low amounts of ambient lighting. Some biological labs also require low levels of lighting in certain instances (for example, as in the growth of light-sensitive bacteria). Covert police or government operations may require complete “blackout” conditions. A person’s sleep can even be interrupted by a bright flashing or modulating display (such as to indicate an incoming call).
A few more observations:
- This goes against a recent Apple announcement that iOS 8 will have the phone encrypted in a way that won’t let police/governments subpoena/obtain a warrant for your phone’s data. No one but you will be able to view your photos, texts, etc.
- If this was done, this will be challenged both in the marketplace with consumers refusing to purchase their products (one hopes) and in the courtroom by journalists and other citizens by saying that the use of this technology violates their rights as citizens. Know Your Rights: Photographers
- However, the fact that this can be done is alarming in itself. You should read/watch Cory Doctorow’s great talk, "The coming civil war over general purpose computing".
- And finally, no judgement over what the guy posts, but maybe we shouldn’t trust important news to a blog entitled “WHATS UP SLUTS”.