“Apple does business in a lot of countries,” Glenn Fleishman writes for Macworld. “Some of those countries have as close to fairly elected democratic representation as can be realized with actual human beings involved.”
“Others may have elections but shade towards an overweening military or executive power that nullifies their value,” Fleishman writes. “Others still are outright totalitarian regimes, in which individual power is meaningless against the state’s control.”
“Apple sells into all those markets. And some of the security features it builds aren’t for those of us who live in countries that have—or purport to have—the rule of law, and checks and balances that allow for courts to intervene if the police or executive go too far,” Fleishman writes. “Apple’s addition of a new Touch ID restriction could be about prodding people’s memories, or it could be another protection for people without legal protections.”
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MacDailyNews Take: When Apple CEO Tim Cook joined Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board of directors, he quoted RFK’s “Day of Affirmation Address” given at the University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa on June 6, 1966:
Everywhere new technology and communications brings men and nations closer together, the concerns of one inevitably become the concerns of all.
You carry forever the fingerprint that comes from being under someone’s thumb. — Nancy Banks-Smith
To set a stronger alphanumeric passcode on your iOS device that cannot be easily brute-forced:
1. Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode
2. Tap Change Passcode
3. Tap Passcode Options to switch to a custom alphanumeric code
4. Enter your new, stronger passcode again to confirm it and activate it
Apple beefs up Touch ID rules in face of legal rulings – May 20, 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ board of directors – April 6, 2016