FBI asking Apple to provide iPhone data for security reasons; but what about consumer privacy?



By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the controversial debate on whether or not FBI gaining access to Apple iPhone’s is a necessary call for national security? Or, is it stripping Apple iPhone users from their consumer privacy rights? This debate all stemmed from the FBI wanting access to the iPhone that was used by one of the assailants in the San Bernardino attack, in which 14 people were killed.


Do you agree or disagree?

To some people, like Matt Olsen who is the former National Counter-terrorism Center director completely agrees with the FBI getting access to the iPhone involved in the San Bernardino attack. Olsen feels, “this is the kind of case where companies like Apple need to demonstrate that they are good corporate citizens and comply with lawful court orders”. Whereas others completely disagree, because they feel if access is granted in this situation access will have to be granted in many other situations. This will ultimately be stripping thousands and thousands of people from their constitutional right.


Despite the dilemma, Apple still has a business to run

This dilemma also puts Apple in a tough situation. I’m sure they deeply care about public safety but ultimately, they have a business to run. If they grant the FBI access, all people who are not in favor of that move will likely shy away from all Apple products. “This isn’t about one iPhone, it’s about all of our software and all of our digital devices. If this precedent gets set, it will spell digital disaster for the trustworthiness of everyone’s computers and mobile devices”, said Kevin Bankston, director of New America’s Open Technology Institute.


It is NOT Apple’s fault!

As you see stated in the picture above, Tim Cook makes a critical statement which I happen to agree with. Apple’s job is to provide innovative, state-of-the-art products while setting the bar and exceeding expectations for the digital word. It is NOT their job to partake in other issues. A perfect example is, drug smugglers who make the conscience decision to transport drugs from one location to another. If law enforcement happens to stop that vehicle and finds large amount of drugs in unthought of compartments in a Ford vehicle; is it Ford’s fault? No! Does that give law enforcement the right to ask Ford to get rid of all of compartments in their vehicles? No! It’s not Ford’s fault that people choose to participate in criminal activity in their vehicle’s. Take it up with the criminals, NOT Ford. Same goes for Apple. It is NOT Apple’s fault that a gentleman planned a horrible attack on innocent America’s and sought his plan out via an Apple iPhone. I believe there are far more law-abiding Apple users than  criminals; and it’s not fair to strip those law abiding users from their consumer rights.



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  1. I think we can look at it this way too. In order for law enforcement to break and enter a residential property they have to have a search warrant proving to the the judge that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. And this is on a one by one cases. For the case of Apple, I don’t think it is right for the FBI to make Apple cooperate with its intrusive agenda on the privacy right many innocent people. However, for the individual who had committed crime such as the case in the San Bernardino, I think Apple should comply with law enforcement for the sake of national security and public safety.

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