“US President Barack Obama admitted Wednesday he was not allowed to have an iPhone owing to security fears — explaining why he is sometimes seen with a bulky super secure BlackBerry,” Agence France-Presse reports.
‘I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,’ Obama told a group of young people at the White House for an event promoting his health care law,” AFP reports. “He added that his daughters Sasha and Malia spend a lot of time on their iPhones.”
AFP reports, “The White House says the president’s personal email address was strictly limited to a small list of senior officials and personal friends, but will not detail the encryption devices that are used to secure his communications.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: My security is paramount, but yours is not. We’ll just choose not to enforce the Fourth Amendment, m’kay?
Double standards. We call ’em like we see ’em and we’ll never stop. (And your phone sucks, too, Mr. President.)
United States Constitution, Amendment IV:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
Sign the petition via The Electronic Frontier Foundation calling for a full congressional investigation of U.S surveillance overreach here.
U.S. citizens, contact your senator electronically to oppose S.1631, the FISA Improvements Act and stop the NSA “Fake Fix” Bill here.
Everyone, join EFF in calling on the CEOs of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, YouTube, Apple, and the President of Skype to demand a full Congressional investigation into NSA spying here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]
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