No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple — RT

Apple has patented a piece of technology which would allow government and police to block transmission of information, including video and photographs, from any public gathering or venue they deem “sensitive”, and “protected from externalities.”

In other words, these powers will have control over what can and cannot be documented on wireless devices during any public event.

And while the company says the affected sites are to be mostly cinemas, theaters, concert grounds and similar locations, Apple Inc. also says “covert police or government operations may require complete ‘blackout’ conditions.”

“Additionally,” Apple says,” the wireless transmission of sensitive information to a remote source is one example of a threat to security. This sensitive information could be anything from classified government information to questions or answers to an examination administered in an academic setting.”

The statement led many to believe that authorities and police could now use the patented feature during protests or rallies to block the transmission of video footage and photographs from the scene, including those of police brutality, which at times of major events immediately flood news networks and video websites.

via No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple — RT.

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One thought on “No shooting at protest? Police may block mobile devices via Apple — RT

  1. All of this new technology is scary to me. If the government has this kind of power, what could stop them from shutting off all communications if they wanted to. Many of these technologies are a great advancement and could provide greater good, but if they are used in the wrong way or by the wrong people, they could have devastating harmful effects. I had read an article about this potential technology a while back, and it had recieved mostly negative feedback due to the high potential of misuse.

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