Defective by Design

Apple's latest DRM patent

Submitted by OsamaK on Tue, 2010-08-31 08:24

Apple has a long history of imposing innovative restrictions on its users. The Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) used in the iPhone to prevent users from installing what they want or tinkering with their devices are well-known examples.

Yet not so many people expected their latest move in that direction -- Apple's recent patent application on a new spying technology revealed their plan to dedicate users' devices to their unlimited control.

They say that they want to protect the devices from "unauthorized usage" (i.e. theft). For that reason, your device will take a photo of the person who uses it and the surrounding place, it will record his or her voice and it will record his or her heartbeats. Once it suspects something, it will send the information to Apple which will talk to the "responsible party."

To be continuously able to access millions of devices and know exactly who uses each one of them and where they are is too much for securing anything. It is a clear dedication for people's properties to surveillance tools that can be misused or cracked, as we learned from the Swindle.

The spying technology will also detect and prevent any tinkering in the name of security and preventing thieves from disabling the protection. When users can't control the technology, it's not about their security -- it's about Apple's.

Please join us in taking a stand against such malicious features.

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