Law Authorities Concerned Over Apple and Google’s New Mobile Privacy Policies

Law Authorities Concerned Over Apple and Google's New Mobile Privacy Policies(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Government and law agencies are concerned about some of the mobile operating systems new privacy policies that make it harder for officials to retrieve data on customer’s devices.

“What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” said FBI Director James Comey to the Wall Street Journal.

“There will come a day—well it comes every day in this business—when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to, with judicial authorization, gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device.”

Last week Apple announced that they are improving their privacy measures in order to prevent government agencies from reading customers personal data, making it that authorities will now have to contact the devices owner to access information instead of Apple.

Google also announced that their new Android operation system that launches in the fall will have similar privacy measures.

Comey added that the Bureau is discussing with companies such as Apple and Google to “understand what they’re thinking and why they think it makes sense.”