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US Attorney General Slams Apple, Google Privacy Policies

This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows Attorney Gen. Eric Holder speaking to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. In remarks to the association, Holder said the Obama administration is calling for major changes to the nation's criminal justice system that would cut back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. Eric Holder, who is leading the federal response to the racial turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way none of the 81 previous U.S. attorneys general could _ by telling his own family story. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows Attorney Gen. Eric Holder speaking to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

 

WASHINGTON (Times of India) – Joining a cry from law enforcement officials concerned about data encryption on Apple’s newest operating system, US attorney general Eric Holder said that officers should not be blocked from the information they need to investigate a crime.

Apple’s new iPhone 6, released this month, and Google’s coming update of the Android smartphone have data encryption so sophisticated that only the user may unlock it. Even law enforcement officers with search warrants would not have access.

“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said in a speech before the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

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