U.S. Attorney General raises concerns over Apple’s encryption settings

image USAG Eric Holder

Apple has a bigger focus on security for the owners of its devices, and it’s a focus that has brought it extra attention not only from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), but also the United States Attorney General.

According to a report published by Reuters, the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has recently voiced his concerns over Apple’s encryption settings in iOS, specifically with the latest version of the mobile platform, and its inaccessible nature from law enforcement agencies.

“It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said in a speech before the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

This echoes concerns that the Director of the FBI recently raised over not only the encryption process and settings themselves, but also the marketing that Apple has issued for their security process. According to the initial report, Holder is simply looking for cooperation from Apple (and Google) in making it possible to not only secure customer information, but also make it possible for law enforcement to acquire the information they might need to help in specific situations.

The focus on security from these government agencies and individuals stem from iOS 8’s ability to encrypt data on the device that is so sophisticated that only the device owner can access it, locking out agencies and entities — even with search warrants. This is a security protocol that Google’s Android will also be implementing in a future update called Android L.

Do you think Apple should change their encryption settings to better facilitate the requests of government agencies or entities, or should they continue to lock down the devices in the way they are?

[via Reuters]