What Does Apple’s New Privacy Policy Mean for Florida Cybercrime Defense?

September 29, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

One of the ways authorities identify potential cybercrimes in Florida is by accessing their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. However, a recent development at Apple will prevent law enforcement – and Apple itself – from getting into suspects’ iOS 8 devices.

This recent revelation, which Apple announced along with its new privacy policy, indicates the company will no longer be able to “unlock” users’ phones by overriding their passwords. They have accomplished this feat by changing the encryption they employ when a user chooses a password. Any recordings, emails, images, or videos on a device are now available only to those correctly entering this code.

Apple’s strengthened stance on security comes in the wake of a mass celebrity nude photo leak as well as accusations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden regarding government spying. The company aims to prove their commitment to customers’ privacy and absolve themselves of the ability to cooperate with authorities regarding criminal cases.

What This Development Could Mean for Cybercrime Defense

For users of the iPhone 6 (or any device operating on iOS8), this new policy presents significant implications for the privacy and security of digital information. Important considerations include:

• More difficult device searches. Going forward, authorities cannot view or access passcode-protected material on Apple devices, even with a search warrant.

• Thwarted surveillance. Agencies attempting to monitor an individual’s online activities can no longer do so on iOS devices.

• Passcode importance. Revealing your passcode to another person, writing it down, or choosing an easy-to-guess passcode reduces the efficacy of Apple’s security measures.

Fighting cybercrime charges can be a frightening prospect, but an experienced Florida cybercrime defense attorney can help you build a strong case. At Seltzer Law P.A, we can use our extensive knowledge of state, federal, and case law to defend your rights. Contact us at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) to begin your journey back towards freedom.