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Apple’s iOS 6 Includes ‘Government Alerts’

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

‘Apple’s eagerly awaited iOS 6 update for iPhones and iPads will include controversial ‘government alerts’ that some fear are part of the federal government’s takeover of communications networks.

“In compliance with the National Alerting Program, the WEA will be coming to Apple devices that will run on the new mobile OS once it arrives this fall. The iOS 6-compatible devices include iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 2 and the new iPad. This means that users with older iPhone will be able to receive WEA messages once they upgrade their handset to the new mobile software,” reports AMOG.

The federal government is keen to implement a centralized system of control over all communications, with last year’s announcement that all new cell phones will be required to comply with the PLAN program (Personal Localized Alerting Network), which will broadcast emergency alert messages directly to Americans’ cell phones.’

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  1. June 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    We have that in Australia already, it came in extremely handy for people in affected areas during the Queensland floods in January 2011. It’s also used for emergency updates for cyclones (read hurricanes if you’re in the US/Canada, typhoons in the southeast asia region), bushfires/wildfires etc. to give current warnings considering there is always an active mobile/cell tower/repeater active in your area. Conspiracy, don’t really know but most smartphones already know pretty well where you are because your carrier wants to test signal strength/bandwidth in their areas ??.

    • June 20, 2012 at 10:29 am

      hi. Well you`re right, it can help people in many life threatening situations, but we sure as hell don`t need any more privacy breaking options and apps. What about when there is no bushfire and cyclone? All in all you don`t want to see “mobile carrier” and “government” in the same sentence! EVER! 😉 It can be done so easily by non-governmental 3rd paties

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