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Apple Has Legal Right To Extract User Data From Locked iOS Devices

Apple Has Legal Right To Extract User Data From Locked iOS Devices

By now, it's pretty much assumed that any unencrypted data on your phone could be accessible to someone with the right tools, and with its latest guideline updates, Apple's further confirmed that to be the case where iOS devices are concerned.

Apple admits that if a warrant is issued, it would be able to extract certain data from a locked iOS device. Those running mostly third-party applications will have nothing to worry about, as the data Apple can snag has to be from its own applications. Further, emails will not be able to be extracted, nor can calendar entries.

Due to iOS' design, Apple would be unable to provide law enforcement with historical GPS data, though it does admit that email logs, email contents, and other data backed-up to iCloud can be under certain circumstances.

Here's where things get interesting: According to the company, data can only be extracted from a device at its Cupertino HQ. Why this is the case, we're not sure, though it seems likely that there's some seriously low-level security functionality in iOS devices that we're unaware of. Further, it could be that in order to handshake with this extracting ability properly, the GPS location must match Apple's HQ. Or, I could be totally off-the-wall. Either way, it definitely has me intrigued.

As always, let this be a reminder that not all of your data is safe just because you use a lock screen. At the very least, be sure to use encryption when possible, because even if data is taken from the device, it's likely to be useless to anyone who has it.

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That's a little scary and fascinating all at the same time. It's concerning because if Apple can do it, that means others can using the same methods, were they divulged.

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"According to the company, data can only be extracted from a device at its Cupertino HQ. "

Of course apple has been known to lie "the finger print scanner us secure", "we don't get virus' so you don't need an antivirus". So either they're lying or someone will prove them wrong and hack into peoples phones and not be at the apple HQ. It seems like when ever apple opens its mouth about security, they're proven wrong.

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That's just if. If the company is being honest about extraction only being possible at Apple HQ, I have a feeling GPS has to be involved. It just seems highly unlikely otherwise that Apple would have to do it there. I just can't believe there's some special piece of hardware needed, or that it couldn't be made possible outside of HQ.

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Still think Apple is the best, fanboys?

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Devil is in the details..and overpriced parts

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i hope aple comew with some system in iOS 8 which protect user from data thifing

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