“Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has backed Apple’s refusal to comply with a federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the assailants in the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. in December,” Jessica Guynn reports for USA Today. “‘The @FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on #Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around,’ Snowden tweeted.”
“Snowden called on Internet giant Google to stand with Apple, saying ‘this is the most important tech case in a decade,'” Guynn reports. “‘Silence means @google picked a side, but it’s not the public’s,’ he wrote. Google did not respond to a request for comment.”
Guynn reports, “Apple and Google engineered their software so they cannot unlock devices in the wake of damaging revelations by Snowden that made the world suspicious they created “back doors” for American intelligence and law enforcement.”
MacDailyNews Take: Let’s get real: Google’s me-too promise of encryption will take several years to roll out to a significant number of fragmandroid sufferers.
Android 5.0 and 5.0 only comprise 35.3% 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 1.2% of Android devices!
With 17% running iOS 8 and 77% running iOS 9, 94% of Apple’s iOS devices are encrypted.
In other words, stop trying to equate Android with iOS by including Google’s efforts with Apple’s. Android is a bad joke, as usual.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 17, 2016
Guynn reports, “Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in December in a mass shooting at a county public health facility. The pair died in a gun battle with police. An iPhone 5C was recovered from the scene.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Using Google products means you do not value your security or privacy.
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