Over the weekend, Engadget reported on a new and disturbing security software that Apple has filed a patent for. According to this new patent, Apple’s new security software is aimed at protecting consumers phones that have been stolen. Apparently, this new security software will be able to detect unauthorized users by detecting if there is a different face or voice using the phone, etc. Carriers using this new security software will be able to perform a remote wipe of a phone or shut it down.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the new security software will be able to detect if the phone is jail broken. Now I find this to be a little interesting given the timing of this new security software. Recently, it was declared to be legal to jail break your iPhone, while previously Apple threatened those who jail broke their iPhone’s with legal action, as they said it violated the DMCA copy right laws. Could Apple be using this new “security software” to prevent people from jail breaking their iPhones? The truth is we can’t be certain.
All in all, I find this new security software to be a bit creepy. Hopefully it will be strictly opt in and won’t be forced onto iPhone users. Since I can’t help but feel that this new security software will lead to some abuse by the carriers using it.
What do you think?