iPhone into iSpy
|While users were celebrating the
new jailbreaking and unlocking exemptions, Apple was quietly preparing
to apply for a patent on technology that, among other things,
would allow Apple to identify and punish users who take advantage of
those exemptions or otherwise tinker with their devices. This patent
application does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can
— and presumably will — spy on its customers and control the way its
customers use Apple products.
Ostensibly designed to respond to the loss of a phone it will give them the ability to;
- Take a picture of your face "without a flash, any noise, or any indication that a picture is being taken to prevent the current user from knowing he is being photographed".
- Record your voice, whether or not you're even making a call.
- Determine your individual heartbeat "signature"(!)
- Monitor all internet activity and record "any communication packets that are served to the electronic device".
The EFF are calling it "downright creepy and invasive". "Spyware, and its new cousin traitorware, will hurt customers and companies alike — Apple should shelve this idea before it backfires on both it and its customers," they say.
The patent's here.