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NYPD: Criminals call iOS encryption “a gift from God”

by Jacob Kleinman | March 7, 2016March 7, 2016 6:52 am PDT

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In the battle between Apple and the FBI, it’s no surprise that the New York Police Department is siding with the government agency. The NYPD has plenty to gain from backdoor access to encrypted iOS software, and in a recent radio interview (via Daily News) the city’s counter-terrorism chief went on the offensive against the Cupertino company.

The NYPD’s John Miller argues that Apple’s encryption does more harm than good, adding that criminals have embraced the new iPhone software.

“You are actually providing aid to the kidnappers, robbers and murderers who have actually been recorded on the telephones in Riker’s Island telling their compatriots on the outside, ‘You gotta get iOS 8. It’s a gift from God,’” Miller said, “and that’s a quote — ‘because the cops can’t crack it.’”

Apple argues that iOS encryption is necessary to protect law-abiding citizens from hackers and criminals. As a result, new iPhones are also blocked off to police. The company has a dedicated team focused on helping the authorities on a case-by-case basis but, for Miller and the NYPD, that clearly isn’t enough.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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