Black vs Orange: Apple v. FBI
The problem with the government ordering Apple to help break into the iPhone is that it sets a precedent, opening up a can of worms for countless future cases involving locked iPhones. As Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in an open letter to Apple customers, “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”
Creating a “backdoor” into a locked iPhone is a scary prospect — not only because of what the U.S. government may do with it in the future, but also because it is only a matter of time until that “backdoor” ends up in the hands of people we trust even less than our own government: criminals, oppressive nations who wish to spy on dissidents, or even terrorists.
Some critics of Apple like to point out that the company has bypassed security codes on iPhones in accordance with court orders many times in the past, but this is ignoring a key difference between this case and the others. All of those instances occurred before Apple’s current iOS 9 operating system came into existence. The previous operating systems already had “backdoors” for Apple to exploit. This time, the FBI is asking Apple to create new software to get into the phone. Apple is refusing to put millions of customers’ security at risk by creating this software, and rightly so.
Apple should abide by government orders to unencrypt the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone without deleting the data in the phone.
To be able to have a secure way to get information about the shooters would be a hugely beneficial advance for this nation’s security.
The information in the phone may contain important evidence about the shooters, how close they were to extremist organizations and how many other people they may have influenced.
To have the option of going through the phone without the fear of wiping out all the data would be an excellent resource for the FBI to get to the bottom of this terrorist attack.
The increasing incidences of terrorist attacks in America due to extremist groups seem to increase day by day.
If there is a way to gain more insight on the organizations behind these attacks, we should be jumping at the opportunity.
Apple holds that it cannot infringe on one customer’s privacy, and that does make some sense, because there is a possibly that the government will use this one opportunity to open more than just the San Bernardino shooter’s phone.
However, ultimately Apple should make this one exception when national security is at risk. Although they have some valid points in their philosophy, there is more than just values at risk in this situation.
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