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Police Now Can Switch off iPhone Camera and Wi-Fi

 ScreenHunter_2023 Aug. 19 16.39Thanks to the Tech Staff at Apple Computers




Police throughout the globe have been embarrassed to see online videos of their officers pepper spraying tied captives. In our age of mobile gadgets the pictures can be uploaded online in seconds, making supervisors to answer the questions.

But now the police may not need to fear scrutiny anymore, because Apple has recently patented a piece of technology that would allow the authorities and police to block data transmission, including video and photos, whenever they like. All they need to do is decide that a public gathering or venue is deemed “sensitive” and needs to be protected from externalities. In this case Apple will enable them to switch off all its gear. The developers insist that the affected locations are normally cinemas, theaters and concert grounds, but Apple admits it could also be used in covert police or government operations that may need complete “blackout” conditions.

In the meantime, privacy outfits point out that it could also be used to prevent such whistle blowers as Edward Snowden from shooting pictures and sharing them online. In response, Apple claimed that the wireless transmission of sensitive data to a remote source is a threat to security, with the sensitive data being anything from classified government data to answers to an exam administered in an academic setting.

Anyway, the fact is that Apple has patented the means to transmit an encoded signal to all wireless gadgets, commanding them to disable recording functions. The developers reveal that the policies would be activated by GPS, and Wi-Fi or mobile base-stations that would ring-fence around a building or a sensitive area in order to prevent mobile cameras from taking pictures or recording video.


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26 Responses to "Police Now Can Switch off iPhone Camera and Wi-Fi"

  1. blakehamilton  August 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    This went viral!

  2. Fields  August 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Get A Samsung ….Apple would control you childbirths if they could!~

  3. Matthew.Boston  August 20, 2013 at 9:03 am

    And what is the operating radius of this first generation of this new device? Could/would they build a bigger more power unit that could black-out communications for a five mile radius rendering cellphones inoperable in an entire city? Can’t be good.

    One aspect driving the momentum towards a police state is motivation to make a profit (a killing). There will always be highly motivated individuals fantasizing about the mansion they could own if they invented a new technology and cornered the market with it. The growing police state offers a very good niche. Greed and the motive for profit will always provide law enforcement (Big Brother) with new privacy-invading tools-of-the-trade.
    This on top of the sociopathic ambition of police to dominate and control others.

  4. captain obvious  August 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I dont like it, but if video send of abusive cops start getting blocked, people might begin shooting with something other than a camera, and I wouldnt blame them for doing exactly that, not one bit.
    I’m not advocating this, common sense says it’d be inevitable.
    was it dianne frankenstein who’d just said “real journalists get paid a salary”? she needs to be fired.

  5. michalslahor  August 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    No one likes Apple, I never use their garbage overpriced proprietary products. I use Sony Ericsson, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, and BlackBerry,.

    • PallMall  August 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      The capability to do this with Android-based products has long been established. Apple had to be convinced to add it for their products.

    • James Smith  August 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      You personally don’t like Apple. Projecting your unreasoning prejudice to “everyone” only shows how unthinking you are.

      Apple products are bases upon price vs Value. You assume that anyone that buys an Apple product is as ignorant as you are.

  6. Martin Maloney  August 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    @ Daniel Noel

    “This brings back the point that VT and other outfits that wish to help the general public ought to propose methods that people can use to communicate prohibited information under the nose of psychopathic authorities and in spite of their systems of surveillance…”

    Hollow nickels (and Euro coins and Pound coins) go for around thirty bux. A Micro SD card will fit inside. Micro SD cards range in capacity up to 64 GB.

    Research dead drops and live drops, and decide on one that best meets your situation.

    Don’t either of you take your cell phone to the transfer location. That will prevent your cell phone service provider from tracking you.

    Don’t either of you drive your car to the transfer location. It takes only seconds to magnetically attach a GPS device to the bottom of a car.

    The above two don’ts will thwart surveillance.

    I look forward to reading suggestions from other VT visitors.

  7. otto skorzeny  August 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Why do you think you can’t remove an Iphone battery? Because satan-spawn/US govt lackey Steve Jobs knew that you could never take out the battery to disable the GPS tracking device like you can with a lot of other phones- just turning a phone off does not disable the GPS.

    • PallMall  August 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

      Put your phone in the fridge.

    • Enbe  August 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      Or if you insist on cooking your brain and other body parts with radio and microwave signals, but only intermittently during the day, get one of the phone cases that act as signal-blocking Faraday cages. They’re not expensive.

    • mijj  August 19, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      you can block radio waves by putting the iPhone (or whatever) in a bag lined with tinfoil.

    • Martin Maloney  August 20, 2013 at 1:31 am

      @ mijj

      “you can block radio waves by putting the iPhone (or whatever) in a bag lined with tinfoil.”

      Try it for yourself. Wrap your cell phone in foil, and then dial its number from a 2nd phone. If the cell phone is on, then it will ring. If it is off, then the call will be forwarded to voice mail.

      If foil actually blocked the phone, then you would get a message that the phone was out of the service area.

      In short, what you suggested flat-out doesn’t work.

      Some people regard security as a serious matter. I hope that no one follows your bad advice.

    • Lars Svensson  August 20, 2013 at 2:19 am

      On the contrary, Martin Maloney, I indeed HAVE successfully constructed a Faraday case with aluminum foil, and encased the foil in duct tape to prevent tearing. I put my iphone inside and attempted to call it. No ringing; no voicemail. It does work, but it must be completely encased

    • Martin Maloney  August 20, 2013 at 1:44 am

      @ otto skorzeny

      The iPhone is not alone in this regard. For example, HTC’s current flagship cell phone, the HTC One, has a non-removable battery.

  8. Gamebreaker  August 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    This is gross betrayal by apple. Time to demand refunds for your apple toys. If they can cripple/disable functionality, why buy it?

    The USSSSSSA criminal godvernment –by unjust ‘law’– forces all cell phone providers to ensure all phones are GPS traceable and/or GWEN tower triangulatable. And the makers comply. This is ‘freedom’ in the Un-free Soviet Socialist Satanic Savage-like Slave States of Amerikka.

    Someone proudly showed me an 800€ apple phone. I proudly showed my 19.95€ cell phone. It’s far less capable of spying on me and destroying privacy than the 800€ apple. You couldn’t pay me to use it after you bought it for me. Apple already jiggered battery location so now you’ve got to be a technician to remove the battery so your phone can’t be activated to listen to and watch you, and transmit all data it records about your phone usage. Apple is NOT doing We The Victims any favors. Before fleeing the USSSSSSA, I used Tracfone; my “domestic terrorist” phone. But hey, apple is “customer centered”, right? Righhhhht

  9. Allesandro  August 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Steve Jobs, were he still alive would fight this to the end, he would be against just this shit.

    Corporate ass h*les and ass kiss*ng employee’s were not his favorites or approved method’s of operation.

    Now he’s gone,….. for only a short period and already they’re ruining “APPLE” a corporate icon, again.

    • Preston James, Ph.D  August 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Yes and that’s why they probably murdered him with the high tech elicitation of cancer, something the SSG has been able to do for at least 25 years.

    • JS  August 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

      What you say is possible. When Snowden first aired his allegations, there was a nice slide, with dates when each major communications company agreed to go along with government surveillance. Apple was the last to agree, and the date was well after Jobs’ death.

    • otto skorzeny  August 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      LOL- Jobs was a CIA/MIC a**-kisser like Zuckerberg and Google and Larry Ellison and the rest of Silicon Valley. These guys run the Matrix that we are all being swallowed up in.

  10. Gamebreaker  August 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    This is gross betrayal by apple. Time to demand refunds for your POS apple toys. If they can cripple/disable functionality, why buy it?

    The USSSSSSA criminal godvernment –by unjust ‘law’– forces all cell phone providers to ensure all phones are GPS traceable and/or GWEN tower triangulatable; and not to rescue you later. And makers comply. This is Freedom in the Un-free Soviet Socialist Satanic Savage-like Slave States of Amerikka.

    Someone proudly showed me an 800€ apple phone. I proudly showed my 19.95€ cell phone. It’s far less capable of spying on me and destroying privacy than the 800€ toy. You couldn’t pay me to use it after you bought it for me. But hey, apple is “customer centered”, right? Righhhhht

  11. Martin Maloney  August 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah, it sux. And it’s likely to get worse. Google, always eager to please Big Brother, will probably implement something of the same nature in Android.

    So, instead of just pissing and moaning about it, why not do something about it? Get an el cheapo, refurb, pay-as-you-go feature phone, like a Tracfone. (Disclaimer: I have no connection to (sorry about that!) Tracfone. Check out all of your pay-as-you-go options.) Trafone’s operating system is proprietary, and it’s not likely to get hacked.

    A big advantage of taking video with such a phone is that, if a cop seizes or smashes it, so what? You haven’t lost a several hundred dollars smartphone.

    I’ve watched YouTube videos of peoples’ using their phones to take videos of police action, and I’ve wanted to scream, “YOU IDIOTS!” They hold their phones directly in front of them, with the phones pointed at the action. They are all but begging the cops to seize or smash their phones or to demand that the pictures/videos be deleted.

    Get over yourselves — you are not gonna win an Oscar for cinematography. There’s a stealthy way to take video. Face at right angles to the action, and hold the phone away from and slightly forward of your ear, as though you are on a call using speakerphone. From time to time, briefly glance sidways to check the action.

    Don’t get mad — get even!

    • PallMall  August 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

      Tracfone is Israeli.

    • Martin Maloney  August 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

      @ PallMall

      “Tracfone is Israeli.”

      Not according to this:


      “TracFone was established in 1996 as Topp Telecom Inc., a prepaid mobile phone company, in Miami, Florida. In February 1999, Topp received a major infusion of capital from Teléfonos de México (NYSE: TMX), a.k.a. TelMex, Mexico’s largest telephone company. TelMex paid $57.5 million for a 55 percent controlling interest in the company.

      In 2000, TelMex spun off their mobile unit, creating América Móvil, of which Topp Telecom became a subsidiary. In November 2000, Topp Telecom Inc. changed its name to TracFone Wireless Inc.[3]

      In May 2012, TracFone’s parent company, América Móvil, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire rival MVNO Simple Mobile. The deal was completed in June 2012.”


      “3. ^ “Miami company prepares prepaid cell-phone invasion”: South Florida Business Journal (retrieved 18 Dec 2009)”

      No mention there of Israel.

      Do you have documentation to dispute the above and to support your assertion that Tracfone is Israeli?

  12. Matthew.Boston  August 20, 2013 at 9:07 am

    “You never want to interact with them in any manner or fashion. Stay away from them as much as possible. Don’t even ask for directions…they just may decide to use you for baton or taser practice.
    The government and law enforcement is the enemy of the American people.”

    I couldn’t agree more. To be avoided at nearly any cost.

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