It appears that Apple is dealing with a great number of police demands regarding the decryption of the iPhones as the federal agents seem to be facing difficulties in decoding the device in case they needed that. The truth is that the security features built into Apple’s iOS software are extremely good, and this is why the police are unable to gain access to defendants’ iPhones when they need to.
Therefore, they requested Apple to unlock their device but, instead of an immediate reaction, the company created a waiting list for these demands as there are so many police agents requesting a decryption.
The truth is that the federal agents stated they repeatedly tried to find the technology needed to unlock the iPhone, before demanding Apple to do it, but they found it impossible, the company being the only one able to perform this action.
Although Apple accepts these requests, the waiting list is extremely long as there were agents who were told to wait 7 weeks in order to have their problem resolved. What is very interesting regarding the iPhone decryption is that the action can be performed without announcing the user. This does not happen with Google, where the decoding involves a password reset that notifies a user via email, letting him know about the unlock.
Therefore, the information on an iOS device is not 100 percent secure as Apple is able to ignore the security lock in order to obtain information from the device, download it to an external apparatus and offer it to the authorities, without notifying the user.
Apple declined to discuss its law enforcement policies when contacted this week by CNET. However, the fact that it seems Google and Apple are able to access the data stored on an encrypted device at least in some circumstances, should be a warning for all mobile user devices.
However, although the users may be concerned regarding Apple’s ways of unveiling their personal data, it seems that the company has little choice in the matter. As it was found in a training manual from the Sacramento sheriff’s office, Apple must “assist law enforcement agents” with “bypassing the cell phone user’s passcode so that the agents may search the iPhone.”
Law enforcement agencies do not have to contact the smartphone manufacturer for help all the time, this depending on the smartphones security software. These are not always the best, and there are third-party companies that specialize in this kind of thing.