Police Now Can Switch off iPhone Camera and Wi-Fi

from veteranstoday.com: Police throughout the globe have been embarrassed to see
online videos of their officers pepper spraying tied captives. In our
age of mobile gadgets the pictures can be uploaded online in seconds,
making supervisors to answer the questions.

But now the police may not need to fear scrutiny anymore, because
Apple has recently patented a piece of technology
that would allow the
authorities and police to block data transmission, including video and
photos, whenever they like. All they need to do is decide that a public
gathering or venue is deemed “sensitive” and needs to be protected from
In this case Apple will enable them to switch off all its
gear. The developers insist that the affected locations are normally
cinemas, theaters and concert grounds, but Apple admits it could also be
used in covert police or government operations that may need complete
“blackout” conditions.

In the meantime, privacy outfits point out that it could also be used
to prevent such whistle blowers as Edward Snowden from shooting
pictures and sharing them online. In response, Apple claimed that the
wireless transmission of sensitive data to a remote source is a threat
to security, with the sensitive data being anything from classified
government data to answers to an exam administered in an academic

Anyway, the fact is that Apple has patented the means to transmit an
encoded signal to all wireless gadgets, commanding them to disable
recording functions. The developers reveal that the policies would be
activated by GPS, and Wi-Fi or mobile base-stations that would
ring-fence around a building or a sensitive area in order to prevent
mobile cameras from taking pictures or recording video.

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