The makers of the latest generation of stupid smartphones have stated that the overpriced, overhyped devices will automatically encrypt any stored on them, including photos, documents, and contact lists. So that means your information is safe from the prying eyes of the United States government and the NSA, right?
If you believe that, you might be interested in a bridge I’ve got for sale—cheap!
“The Government Will Find A Way”
Apple, Google, and other smartphone manufacturers would love for consumers to believe that data on their devices will be safe and sound. But, says Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University Law School, that is no even remotely the case.
“Citizens should not assume that these encryption devices will necessarily prevent [the] government from intercepting communications,” Turley said. “If history is any guide, the government will find a way to penetrate these devices.”
No amount of “automatic encryption” will prevent law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining data—or “evidence,” as the case may be in a potential criminal investigation—from smartphones.
NSA, Apple, Google in Cahoots
Of course, the manufacturers’ announcements have been met with consternation by The Man. US Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI director James Comey, and countless police officials have complained that encryption will make it more difficult to investigate crimes perpetrated by smartphone users. If these jokers can’t catch terrorists or drug smugglers without hacking into the criminals’ phones, we clearly have larger problems with which to deal.
Consumers across the world have sought improved personal security and privacy ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden (remember him?) revealed that Apple, Google, and other tech companies cooperated with wide-ranging government spying programs in the past.
While it’s about dang time that these companies—who are directly or indirectly entrusted with countless amounts of users’ personal information daily (whether users realize it or not)—stood up for users’ privacy, it’s obviously too little, too late.
As well as completely impossible. Police can still obtain the “evidence” stored on your smartphone via a court-ordered warrant. And the NSA can and will just hack into your information any time they want. In 2014, privacy is a myth. Thanks a pantload, Uncle Sam!