iOS 8 Makes It “Technically Impossible” To Handover Customer Data To Government
This August, Apple’s iOS was declared the strongest operating system in mobile phones. However, hackers managed to somehow snatch that title away a few days ago by hacking into Apple’s smartphones and leaking private photos of celebrities to the Internet.
The scandal caused a stir, both among the company and the consumers, raising doubts about the vulnerability of the operating system. But Apple has managed to make a statement with valid evidence that their latest software system, iOS 8, emphasizes greatly on the protection of information stored in the phones.
The privacy system in iOS 8 is so robust that it is “technically impossible” to succumb to government warrants and policies which require the customer’s information including photos, emails, messages to be taken from the phone.
According to Apple, the company doesn’t want anyone spying on your device, even the police.
The company said on the new Privacy page:
Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.
“The public has said they want companies to put their privacy first, and Apple has listened,” Mr. Soghoian said.
Apple’s new webpage has undergone changes and it informs the audience of what types of information the company collects or not. Along with that, there is a list of “transparency reports” which explain how, when and why it submits the information to the government. The webpage then further guides users on how to switch on the security features in Apple’s devices.
Moreover, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple was not one of those companies which will benefit from selling their customer’s information to third parties like advertisers.
Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers.