If you’re not a big fan of Big Brother and the NSA surveillance, you will be shocked to know that Apple sold out completely : a report from The Social Media reveals that Apple just created a new technology which will be used to switch off the smartphone’s camera, the Wi-Fi and whatever else necessary when its user will enter in a “sensible” area.
The new technology will broadcast a shutdown signal to all Apple products in the area, which will become “impaired”, blind and dumb sort of speak. This is no conspiracy theory, because Apple was planning this move back in 2008, when they patented the “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device”, this is the US Patent no 8 254 902.
This “revolutionary” patent basically defines the power of the Government over some of the functions in your iPhone, meaning that some of them can be switched off by Big Bro by remote,without the user’s consent. How cool is that?
Obviously, this move from Apple sent shivers down the spine of civil liberties campaigners, who feel that the authorities will abuse the new technology in order to censor/silence its politically incorrect citizens. And they will too, mark my words, they did that every time when they had the opportunity, just take a deep look into the NSA scandal and the monstrous (not to mention illegal) domestic spying program performed by an agency paid by taxpayers dollars.
For example, if you are participating in a political rally and the police starts beating up people, you will not be able to take pictures with your iPhone, because your camera/wi-fi will be disabled. Remember the Tweeter revolution, the Live-Feed from Turkey’s/Egypt demonstrations, made possible by Wi-Fi and smartphone cameras which were recording or transmitting live when all the state televisions chose to ignore what’s happening.
Now, the good people from Apple decided that iPhone users have too much liberty and Big Bro needs a helping hand. Of course, Apple claims that all they had in mind was to disable the iPhone/iPad in cinemas, theaters, at concerts, but they admitted that this technology can be easily used by police or government agencies in order to restrict free speech.
Also, Apple claims that (if you choose to believe them) the user will have the possibility to approve the changes made by remote, but this is practically a back-door built in the device by the manufacturer and you can’t be sure if what Apple claims it’s true. Remember how all tech giants lied about how they respect their users privacy when the NSA scandal hit the news. Later, they all admitted they were participating in the program and they received huge sums of money from the Government for allowing the NSA to get access to their data.
If you want to be the only one in charge of your smartphone and you despise censorship and surveillance, go for Android all the way, it’s open source and open source stands for freedom and liberty.