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New Zealand Frontline Police Get Apple Devices in Efficiency Measure 114

mask.of.sanity writes "Thousands of New Zealand frontline police will be armed with smartphones and tablets from this year in an efficiency initiative that the force hopes will save millions of dollars. NZ Police say the devices are Apple iPhones and iPads. These will be password protected and can be wiped remotely if lost. Police declined to say if the devices and their communications will be encrypted."
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New Zealand Frontline Police Get Apple Devices in Efficiency Measure

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  • Encryption (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @11:32AM (#42883855)

    "Police declined to say if the devices and their communications will be encrypted."

    In other words, they aren't. Otherwise, which reason would the police to not tell?

  • by Big Hairy Ian (1155547) on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @11:36AM (#42883887)
    And by equipping front-line personnel with the most fragile peice of telecommunications equipment in the world!
  • by crazyjj (2598719) * on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @12:11PM (#42884385)

    Every time some school teachers or government workers in the U.S. want the latest tech toy, they pull that same "It will save money, improve efficiency, improve the quality of our work" shit too. I've yet to see it ever do ANY of those things. Not even once.

    At least private industry can just say "We're giving it to our workers as a personal perk" and be honest about it.

  • by SuperKendall (25149) on Wednesday February 13, 2013 @01:02PM (#42884983)

    Apple employees will be remotely wiping the devices when names of friends show up on searches / arrest lists.

    You don't know how the remote wipes work, do you? That's not possible nor would it even help if you spent one second thinking about how police would use the devices.

    This will NOT end well.

    Not for Apple Haters, no. Because more the despised Apple products are showing deep value again.

    How the hell can they say it will save costs when they chose the most abhorrently expensive devices to start with

    Curious how a device can be "abhorrently" expensive. It sure seems like you have some deep emotional issues you're bringing to the table there.

    iOS devices are a LITTLE more expensive. But for instance, what if they needed cell capability? What other "less abhorrent" tablet with baked in cellular support would they buy pray-tell?

    And what about support? What other tablet has the level of support Apple offers in that region?

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