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Apple, Google to Face Heat Over New Privacy Rules

The expected smartwatch will be the first brand-new product line unveiled under Apple’s chief, Tim Cook, who took the helm from Steve Jobs nearly three years ago. (AP Photo)
The expected smartwatch will be the first brand-new product line unveiled under Apple’s chief, Tim Cook, who took the helm from Steve Jobs nearly three years ago. (AP Photo)

 

WASHINGTON (Times of India) – A new battle is brewing over privacy for mobile devices, after moves by Google and Apple to toughen the encryption of their mobile devices sparked complaints from law enforcement.

The issue is part of a long-running debate over whether tech gadgets should have privacy-protecting encryption which makes it difficult for law enforcement to access in time-sensitive investigations.

FBI director James Comey reignited the issue last week, criticizing Apple and Google for new measures that keep smartphones locked down — without even the company holding the keys to unlock the data.

“What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law,” the FBI chief said, warning that law enforcement may be denied timely access, even with a warrant, in cases ranging from child kidnapping to terrorism.

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