Apple patents tech to let cops switch off iPhone video, camera and wi-fi

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  1. tigress666 macrumors 68040

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    This is an article I think people should read and know about, especially since this would affect most people on this forum. I like apple and all but this just cannot be defended and apple should have pressure on it by its biggest users (after all that's who they care most about, the people who will buy their tech) that this is not something we will just tolerate:

    http://news.techeye.net/security/ap...cops-switch-off-iphone-video-camera-and-wi-fi
     
  2. skywalkerr69 macrumors 6502a

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    lol i highly doubt anything will happen with this.
     
  3. tigress666 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, well let's hope not cause the government would love this. Yeah, it's just a patent now, but that does mean Apple has thought of it.

    And my point is it is easier to pressure apple not to do this now then when they decide to implement it. Right now it's just a thought, it will be harder to get them to decide not to do it when they have already decided to use it.
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    The article you link to doesn't reference a patent number. All it references is an article on rt.com from almost a year earlier (Sep 2012) that basically describes the same police-suppressing-information scenario. The rt.com article has no links to anything, AFAICT: no patent number, nothing.

    What I vaguely recall is that the patent isn't police-specific, and was originally publicized as being able to suppress picture-taking at live concerts. That's assuming the patent in your article is the one I'm vaguely remembering.

    I suggest tracking down more detail on the actual patent.
     
  5. tigress666 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Good points, makes me feel a little better at least. Also, I do realize RT is kinda sketchy source (I'm pretty sure they are run by the Russian propoganda machine). And now I feel embarassed for not looking closer (especially since I already suspect RT isn't the most reliable of sources and I'm pretty sure I noticed them saying something about RT).


    Thanks.
     
  6. chown33, Aug 12, 2013
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    chown33 macrumors 604

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    To me, it doesn't matter whose propaganda machine is alleged to run an operation. If they can't provide a reference to the primary source material, such as the patent number, then it's untrustworthy. Even more so if it's making far-reaching allegations like Apple's patent supporting police suppression of information.
     
  7. macs4nw macrumors 68040

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    I'm afraid the genie is out of the bottle, and this will sooner or later be implemented somehow. It may have been thought up by Apple, but it could be brought to market in another form, by anyone.

    I totally agree, the government would love this; yet another tool to control the masses.
     

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