EFF Slams Apple 'Traitorware' Patent

US digital rights advocacy group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has slammed Apple's latest attempts to stop the jailbreaking of its devices, describing its planned method as 'Traitorware'.

Apple has applied for a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office, which will effectively allow it to remotely identify a jailbroken device and take steps to restore the device back to its original settings.

The EFF, however, suggests that there is more to the patent.

The Apple patent, titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorised Users of an Electronic Device", describes how the company will be able to effectively spy on its users -something the EFF says is a serious breach of user privacy.

According to the EFF, the technology will allow Apple to discretely take pictures of the user without them knowing, allowing the company to determine the user's exact location and even record their voice for identification purpose. The EFF states that the technology will also let Apple graph the heartbeat of a user.

The EFF said: “This patent application does nothing short of providing a roadmap for how Apple can — and presumably will — spy on its customers and control the way its customers use Apple products.”