Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads for Police

Craig Timberg, at The Washington Post writes:

Apple said Wednesday night that it would no longer turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant -- taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data.

The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it all but impossible for the company – or anyone else – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

It will be entertaining to see various police agencies flip their shit over this.