It’s something that many of us have suspected, but it could be more real than we thought. New information has come to light suggesting that the iPhone has secret spyware that allows governments to watch users without their knowledge, according to famous whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Snowden, who used to work for America’s National Security Agency, doesn’t use an iPhone because of the secret software, which his lawyer says can be remotely activated to watch the user.
“Edward never uses an iPhone, he’s got a simple phone,” Anatoly Kucherena told Russian news agency RIA Novosti. “The iPhone has special software that can activate itself without the owner having to press a button and gather information about him, that’s why on security grounds he refused to have this phone.”
Apple have been trying hard to make the iPhone harder for security services to spy on, and the company claimed that iOS 8 made it impossible for law enforcement to extract users’ personal data, even if they carried a warrant. This seems to directly contradict what Snowden is saying, so something somewhere is amiss.
There’s seem to be two lines of thought among the general public on this subject. The latest revelation has been greeted with apathy by a large chunk of people, with the general sentiment being ‘spy away, I’m really not that interesting.‘
Others feel that the apathetic approach has us sleepwalking into George Orwell’s depiction of ‘Big Brother’ in 1984. These people claim that whether of not we have anything to hide isn’t the issue, it’s our general right to privacy that is being taken from us.
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