“The [U.S.] government wants to work with companies such as Apple Inc. and Google to stop criminals and terrorists from exploiting the encryption technology built into some smartphone operating systems, [FBI Director James] Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, echoing President Barack Obama’s call to action,” Christie Smythe reports for Bloomberg. “The industry says encryption and other barriers are there to protect your personal data from falling into the hands of hackers or snoops — or, some say, the government itself. ‘Weakening security with the aim of advancing security simply does not make sense,’ the Information Technology Industry Council, which represents 62 of the largest tech companies in the world, said in a statement.”

“Apple doesn’t even keep a ‘master key’ anymore, to gain access to an iPhone when presented with a warrant, said John Kindervag, a tech analyst at Forrester Research. Google has been rolling out similar protections for its Android operating system,” Smythe reports. “Android 5.0 Lollipop offered ‘full disk encryption’ by default on some devices. Enhancements were added for 6.0 Marshmallow.”

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s get real: Google’s promise of encryption will take several years to roll out to significant numbers of fragmandroid sufferers.

Android 5.0 and 5.0 only comprise 29.5% of Android devices. The percentage of those are encrypted by default is far less than even that due to significant performance issues. Android 6.0, with full-disk encryption on by default, is only running 0.5% of Android devices!

With 22% running iOS 8 and 70% running iOS 9, 92% of Apple’s iOS devices are encrypted.

In other words, stop trying to equate Android with iOS by deeming Google’s efforts as “similar.” Android is a bad joke, as usual.

“‘One of the reasons the government has received such skepticism from companies and consumers’ over access to phone data ‘is that it has spent the last two decades trying to strip every privacy protection from cellphones,’ said Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University,” Smythe reports. “Turley, a civil-liberties advocate who has been critical of the government’s handling of such issues, called the Obama administration ‘one of the worst for privacy protections.’ …Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a conference in October he was opposed to ‘a back door that’s only for the good guys.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote early last month: Backdoors = insecurity. Wherever backdoors exist, it’s not only “authorities” exploiting them legally. Only a blooming idiot would believe in a “secure backdoor” accessible only by properly authorized “authorities.”

None of us should accept that the government or a company or anybody should have access to all of our private information. This is a basic human right. We all have a right to privacy. We shouldn’t give it up. We shouldn’t give in to scare-mongering or to people who fundamentally don’t understand the details.Apple CEO Tim Cook, February 27, 2015

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