Over the last couple of years there have been implications of the US government poking it’s nose where it doesn’t belong. Wikileaks, Anonymous, Edward Snowden and many others have helped to shed light on the issue. People have been killed, arrested, incarcerated or have had to seek refuge somewhere else in the country after bringing these issues to the public.
Today Apple brings the issue forward once again in a massive scale that most of these others could not. Everyone around the globe knows apple. Apple is a household name due to their creations. They created some of the first generation computers, the ipod and changed the way we thought about portable music devices. They also created the iphone and revolutionized the way we think about a cell phone.
Today we use cellphones running sophisticated operating systems ranging from HP’s webOS, Google’s Android, Apple’s IOS, Firefox with Firefox OS and so on. These operating systems have actually replaced our computers in some cases as well as other personal items such as journals, mail, private messages, cameras etc.
Everyone has these private thoughts, feelings so forth that we sometimes write, or keep in a private safe place. This private safe place has become our cell phones and computers. You would never want a stranger much less the government looking through these things. They could twist them to their own liking and claim this or that to incriminate you. You could potentially be trialed for something ridiculous, such as something stupid you did or said when you were much younger and less mature. This information, details, videos, pictures etc should be for you and for you to share with the people you want. Not for anyone else. This is a basic right to privacy.
The FBI and US Government have asked Apple Computers to build a backdoor in order to recover data that could trace to others that may be implicated with the recent San Bernadino bombings. Although it’s for a good cause the implications of doing this could be catastrophic.
Read Tim Cooks direct response to the FBI’s request below.