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iPhone strong privacy features frustrate FBI and NSA

iPhone strong privacy features frustrate FBI and NSA
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Privacy is a big deal to lots of folks - and companies like Apple have responded with new security features that are virtually unbreakable by anyone. Customers seem to love it, but now spy agencies and law enforcement seem very concerned.

At a news conference last Thursday, FBI Director James Comey criticized Apple's encryption, which scrambles information on its new phones with a mega-code that could take significant time to break. The director qualified, "it could take five-and-a-half years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letter and numbers."

Director Comey then actually accused Apple of creating a means for criminals to evade the law. He offered, "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law."

It's kind of a Catch-22 if you ask me. On one hand, you want crooks to get caught, but, with so many companies and agencies (and scored of hackers) allegedly obtaining private information without consent, why shouldn't we want our private information to be locked down and safe? After all, there was a time before iPhones and Android devices when the government didn't have access to this type of information because it simply didn't exist.

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