You can set up a passcode to protect the information on your cell phone. But the manufacturers can still unlock that information if given a court order, giving police and other government agencies access to people’s private data. But Apple has announced that the new operating system for iPhones, iOS 8, will not give the company access to passcode-protected phones, making it technologically impossible to comply with snooping requests. Android is following suit.
What do you think of this? Is it a commendable blow for personal privacy against government surveillance? Or is it an abdication of responsibility to help authorities fight crime?