6 Responses to How a Future Feature of the iPhone Gives Civil Libertarians an Incentive to Unlock It

  1. Joe Shelby says:

    Or perhaps, in a nod to Ed at Dispatches, the cops start carrying these things in their cars so iphones can’t be used to film their possibly illegal actions when they pull people over unnecessarily or are caught while beating someone up for no reason?

  2. Jay Walkin says:

    The iphone infra-red sensor is on the top of the front of the phone to the left of the ear piece. It’s traditional use was to determine when the phone was near your ear so that it would shut off the touch screen and prevent accidental screen-presses. There are ways of defeating this relatively simple technology. I know infra-red doesn’t penetrate though glass very well but it may be as simple as taping a piece of paper over these sensors so that they don’t pick up any stray transmissions.
    Jail-breaking an iphone disables a lot of features and is a fairly complicated process. I know it’s fairly easy to un-do but why resort to such a drastic measure when there could possibly be a much easier solution out there?

  3. david says:

    or you could just put the phone in airplane mode, which turns off cell, 3g, and web interactions and would prevent the phone from receiving the signal.

  4. RRD says:

    Recently the iPhone exceeded every other brand of digital camera as the most prevalent camera, so this concern is genuine.

  5. Crossposted from Pharyngula:
    Okay, so the question is this: How would this system tell the iPhone to disable its camera? Nine chances out of ten, it’d be through some sort of pulsed-infrared system, received through the camera itself. So the only way to block that transmission is to stop infrared light from entering the camera. Doing so without blocking visible light requires some sort of filter.
    So, yeah. If I still had an iPhone, I would probably jailbreak it for something like that. But I don’t. (Well, I do, but it’s sitting unused since I switched away from AT&T.) My primary phone is a Nexus One, and unless they build the technology into the hardware, it’s not really feasible to implement in Android.

  6. But there IS an app to secretly record police who are abusing you or others, and the cops are on notice that surveillance works two ways–for now.
    Here is a situation I wrote about that could have been handled better if they had a CopRecorder app on their phone
    http://fightthepolice.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/tsa-denies-having-required-old-woman-to-remove-diaper-but-admits-it-is-attracted-to-the-idea-anyways/

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