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Apple's New Criminal Appeal

Apple's new security feature will make life harder on cops and users. The only thing it might help, in fact, is Apple's PR.
Now with anti-warrant protection.
Now with anti-warrant protection.

Give Apple Inc. this: It can still capture the consumer zeitgeist. Unfortunately, common sense doesn't always come quite so naturally.

When Apple updated its privacy policy yesterday, with much self-congratulation, it noted that the security features in its new iOS8 operating system would prevent anyone from gaining access to data -- such as photos, messages or e-mails -- stored on mobile devices that are protected by users' passcodes.