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Sep 30, 2014

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Can you elaborate on your statement "...[Apple] will have to give companies a way to read their employees' business communications." Corporate communication needs to go through a server, which can be screened by the IT department. While a photo can remain encrypted on a phone, and an IT department may not be able to have access to the contents, is this also "business communication?" I was confused by this statement. It'd be great to understand more fully what you meant. Thanks.

Jonathan,

It's true that the IT department should still have access to the contents of emails that go through the corporate email server, in the absence of end-to-end encryption. But an employee doesn't have to use the corporate email server to do business. He can send text messages, or he can use 3d party messaging or emailing apps. The company probably can't get access to the contents of those messages without access to the phone. If an employee wants to use texts on an iPhone to do business with customers, then, Apple or the employee needs to provide access to those texts. That's just one example. I suspect there are more, because letting an encrypted email hook to the network in any way makes it more likely that the phone will be used in ways the company doesn't like.

Stewart

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