What a tough position for Apple. Their latest iPhone operating system is locked down so well it’s considered impossible to crack. The FBI wants Apple to redesign the operating system to read what’s on the San Bernardino killers’ iPhone.
This is not a full-on assault of the Fourth Amendment. The FBI has made clear they only want into this one phone. And yet it’s very troubling.
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. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable. Tim Cook, Apple
By finding a way to unlock this phone for the US government, Apple will be on-the-hook to do it again. They will have demonstrated their capability. The next government asking might not have such noble purposes.
Of course it would be great to have access to what these terrorists did. However, it goes deeper than this one case.
I believe we are all entitled to some level of privacy. As technology gets better who knows what future G-men will want to ‘read’.
I hope Apple prevails… and pays all the US taxes it nicely dodges.