Apple and Google, both tech tycoons recently announced that additional security measures are going to be enforced to make it extra hard to the authorities to access and retrieve user information from anyone’s smartphone. This statement has not gone undetected and law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to “forcefully” respond.
Apple has been working on a new operating system that will put a stop to law enforcement agencies from retrieving data that is stored on a lock phone. Google on the other hand, has stated that it is looking to enhance security by making it more tedious for anyone to access a user’s smartphone.
The officials in Washington are not going down without a fight and are stating that this statement by the tech giants is simply “outrageous” and the new level security is atkin to child abuse and kidnapping without anyone to help the victim. The issue of data protection has been the cause of severe tension between the Government and the tech industry.
Back in June, the Supreme Court rules that search warrants are now necessary to access any smartphone data. However, both Apple and Google wanted to make it clear that this does not mean that the companies will stop cooperating with the government and it does not mean there will be cease to information being handed over nor does it mean all access is cut off to law enforcement agencies. It simply means that if the authorities want to access the data on smartphone, it will not be as easy as it once was. The tech tycoons have even stated that even the companies itself will not be able to decrypt passcode-protected phones running the latest versions of iOS and Android .
Well, it seems we have yet to see the end of this battle. It is one that will go on for a long time as its near to impossible to strike a balance of keeping user’s privacy and protecting national security.