iPhone Security is Control
Artigo de Bruce Schneier na Wired mostra que a paranóia de segurança do iPhone é, nada mais nada menos, do que a busca de um controle total (econômico) sobre o usuário. Nada muito novo no reino dos celulares…
“Buying an iPhone isn’t the same as buying a car or a toaster. Your iPhone comes with a complicated list of rules about what you can and can’t do with it. You can’t install unapproved third – party applications on it. You can’t unlock it and use it with the cellphone carrier of your choice. And Apple is serious about these rules: A software update released in September 2007 erased unauthorized software and — in some cases — rendered unlocked phones unusable.
‘Bricked’ is the term, and Apple isn’t the least bit apologetic about it.
Computer companies want more control over the products they sell you, and they’re resorting to increasingly draconian security measures to get that control. The reasons are economic.
Control allows a company to limit competition for ancillary products. With Mac computers, anyone can sell software that does anything. But Apple gets to decide who can sell what on the iPhone. It can foster competition when it wants, and reserve itself a monopoly position when it wants. And it can dictate terms to any company that wants to sell iPhone software and accessories.(…)”