The Bigger Picture

Apple’s strength against the FBI is a positive.

People, writers and broadcasters are all scratching the surface of what is actually a deeper story. We have all have heard of the truly horrific San Bernardino Shooting. Believe me, I’m as shocked as everyone else is that someone can commit such a horrific crime.

Speaking of crimes, the FBI are asking Apple to create backdoor access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.

To be more specific, when you update your iPhone to the latest iOS, you get a normal version and you carry on. The FBI are wanting Apple to create an iOS which would not require the password to unlock the device it is installed onto.

In the wrong hands, this is really dangerous.

We’re forgetting who else wants this.

According to The Intercept Apple is already facing 12 more similar requests under the All Writs Act.

If it complied it would shortly face hundreds, if not thousands, of similar requests. The FBI contention that is is a ‘one-off’ request is nonsense. Apple would be required to create custom software tools to crack all versions of its phones.

Tim Cook took to writing a letter to explaining his reasoning. He wrote:

While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.

It should also be noted that Apple helped the FBI in the past and on this specific case much more than any media is commenting on.

So whilst I agree what happened is nothing but a terrorist, disgusting, action by someone that isn’t classed as human — Apple are right to deny FBI and who knows what else backdoor access to iOS, and ultimately, this would lead to compromising anyone with an iPhones data.

Encryption is such an important tool, and for people like me and you to use a companies product, save our family photos on it, trust our private information on it, it needs to be pretty damn tight.

Tom Mercer
Tom Mercer
Tom Mercer is a young entrepreneur working in London. He specialises in website development and design.

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