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Could Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc (GOOGL)’s Privacy Treatment Be Sheltering Criminals?

Bloomberg informed that Law enforcement officials try to amend the new policy adopted by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) of encrypting the phones of their customers with no possibility to attain any information without permission. Police fears that criminals will be able to easily hide sensitive facts on their phones, which disclosed might get them imprisoned. The law institutions plead for a possibility of attaining personal data only through a court’s decision and only to officers engaged in an ongoing investigation.

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“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, was quoted as saying.

Among the crimes that could be identified and punished were mentioned also child abuse, pornography, drugs trafficking and homicides. Obviously, e-mails, photos or messages have little to tell about the nature of a law breach, except some outlier cases. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s CEO addressed in a letter the customers telling them that nobody will be able to gain access to sensitive information. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) followed through with the strategy as it sensed that many would switch to the Cupertino, California-designed products.

FBI and Police departments cannot do anything more that lobby the tech giants into allowing peeking only onto most relevant pieces of information on somebody’s device. In the case these institutions will be refused, the only way to overturn the current situation is to pass a law through Congress that will make encrypting information from law officials an illegal action.

We’re between a rock and a hard place on this one, as making information fully secure from anybody’s attention will ease the lives of criminals, but it also makes sure that there’s no breach in privacy. After Edward Snowden’s disclosure of surveillance tricks, it will be difficult to gain everybody’s trust into making Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) cooperate with the law, but in some cases it might be strictly necessary to do so.

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