The U.S. government wants Apple to give them the key to their software so they can obtain the information inside the phone of one of the San Bernardino killers. A court has ordered Apple to do it but they are appealing.
A public letter, signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and published Tuesday, warns that complying with the order would entail building “a backdoor to the iPhone” — “something we consider too dangerous to create.”
“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals,” the letter said.
Such a move would be an “unprecedented step,” threatening the security of Apple’s customers, it said.
“No reasonable person would find that acceptable.” Cook called for a public discussion on the issue over the very serious implications.
On the one hand, the FBI needs the information on the killer’s phone and it’s a matter of national security but on the other hand how much freedom does a company and its clients have to give up? The more important question might be can we trust the government.
Why don’t we give the Apple software to Hillary Clinton? She could put it on her server.
The government has a poor record on keeping secrets.
Look at what happened to A-Rod when the government released his medical records illicitly. Whether he deserved it or not isn’t the point, the point is the government released his confidential medical records. He was the only person suspended for using performance enhancing drugs without ever having failed a drug test.
The government claims the information from Apple would only be used in this one narrow case but already the police commissioner in New York is looking into how they could use the information. Do we really want to open this door to law enforcement?
Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News’s Special Report that Apple was wrong. He said that the phone could be given to Apple and they could get the information for the FBI. It is the simplest solution though it might affect the chain of evidence. Perhaps the FBI could train someone at Apple.
However, Krauthammer blamed Apple for that path not being pursued though it’s not clear the FBI gave Apple that option. They want Apple’s secrets, secrets that give them access to every client’s information.
Apple’s equipment is basically hack-proof and the government wants a backdoor that could end up with Apple’s software being hacked because they can’t secure a thing.
In case you are wondering about the expression used in the title – can you core a apple – it comes from the honeymooners.
Donald Trump insists Apple provide the FBI with a backdoor and asked, “Who do they think they are” referring to Apple. Marco Rubio has a different take.
“If we passed a law that required them to create a back door, criminals could figure that out and use it against you. There’s already encrypted software that exists and we’d not be able to stop that. There would still be encryption capabilities. They just wouldn’t be American but people in this country could have it. That’s why it’s such a difficult issue. On the flip side, there might be valuable information on that phone from the San Bernardino killers that’s could lead us to preventing future crimes or future terrorist attacks.”