Apple has announced that it will make necessary changes in the default settings of iPhone to restrict hackers and other unlocking devices to access the data without proper legal authorization.
Apple’s change would also make it difficult for the police to unlock handsets without authorization.
The U.S. tech giant said it was not to oppose the U.S. Law enforcement when asked by Reuters that it was designed to thwart Police department. However, the company has been proved to be a notorious opponent of U.S. legislation by encouraging tech companies to maintain access to user communications.
The security loop which is being shut by the company also applies to other countries including the United Kingdom.
Police force on the other side argues that, unlocking the iPhones and iPads are pertinent to their work. In some cases, the access becomes of utmost importance. In 2016, Apple refused to unlock an iPhone belonged to a criminal who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Police requested Apple to unlock the criminal’s phone which Apple rejected.
“We are working continuously to make the Apple products more secure and help people defend against hackers, intruders and identity thieves”, Apple said in a statement. “We have great respect for law enforcement agencies and we are not deliberately designing our security just to thwart their efforts to do their jobs.” It added.
The change we are bringing to default settings is to prevent unauthorized access to the phone using USB port, said Apple. The court ordered Appel in 2016 to help FBI to unlock the iPhone belonged to gunman Syed Rizwan Farook involved in killing 14 people in San Bernardino. Apple resisted the court order and FBI paid the third party to unlock the phone for them. FBI kept the names and the identity of the hackers confidential who did the job for them.