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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Asks Apple to Roll Back the iPhone Encryption

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Thursday that he wants Apple’s encryption to go back to how it was in early 2014. Back then, police could basically extract any information they wanted after getting a warrant. “Doing nothing about this problem will perpetuate an untenable arms race between private industry and law enforcement,” Vance said on Thursday. “Federal legislation is our only chance to lay these arms aside.”

The District Attorney apparently doesn’t realize that his request would be futile. Several other companies already offer encryption software for Android phones and could do the same for Apple iPhones, if there was a market for the software. Such software probably would be created by individuals or companies outside the U.S. where the District Attorney could not influence the products.

If District Attorney Vance succeeds in stopping Apple from adding its own encryption, he will be encouraging others to offer encryption replacements. The effect? His efforts will be a waste of time.

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Categories: Legal Affairs

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