“Stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has ‘petrified’ the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications, Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, told CNBC,” Arjun Kharpal reports.

“Greenwald, the man who helped Snowden publish the documents, said that Silicon Valley companies have bolstered the encryption on their products, thereby making it harder for governments to eavesdrop,” Kharpal reports. “‘They (Apple) are now starting to put serious encryption technologies in their new iPhones in their new releases and this has really petrified governments around the world,’ Greenwald told CNBC in an interview at tech fair CeBIT in Germany.”

“‘I don’t…(think) they suddenly care about privacy,’ Greenwald said,” Kharpal reports. “‘If…you’re a Facebook executive or an Apple executive, you’re extremely worried that the next generation of users…are going to be vulnerable to the pitch from Brazilian, and Korean and German social media companies where they advertise and say don’t use Facebook and Google because they’ll give your data to the NSA.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of the motivation(s), what’s left of the Fourth Amendment thanks you, Apple!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

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