It’s about to get tougher for cops, border agents to get at your iPhone’s data

Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica:

According to security experts who have reviewed early developer versions of the forthcoming iOS 11, law enforcement will soon have a harder time conducting digital forensic searches of iPhones and iPads.


Prior to this latest version of the firmware, in order for an iOS device to be “trusted” by a computer that it was physically connected to, that device had to be unlocked first via Touch ID or passcode. Next, the device would prompt the user: “Trust This Computer?” Only then could the entire device’s data could be extracted and imaged. Under iOS 11, this sequence has changed to also specifically require the passcode on the device after the “Trust This Computer?” prompt.

While the change may seem minor, the fact that the passcode will be specifically required as the final step before any data can be pulled off the phone means that law enforcement and border agents won’t have as much routine access to fully image a seized device.

Subtle change, interesting.

[H/T, The surreptitiously supercilious Not Jony Ive]

  • Caleb Hightower

    As it should be. A phone shouldn’t be a guaranteed gateway for police to access all your private information. Most of us enter into an agreement with device makers that gives the owner complete control who we share our private info with. Not sure how legally binding that thinking is, but I’m sure most people believe it nonetheless.

    No doubt if law enforcement could download, compile and organize and your brain without your consent, they’d do it in a NY second, and not give it a second thought about it, because its not their job to interpret the law.

  • My iPhone , and my iPad, are treated by me as additional lobes of my brain. The GOP, and their stormtrooper lackeys, can just stay the eff- out of my brain.