Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Apple, The FBI, ISIS and You - The Internet of Everyone




"The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake." - Tim Cook

This issue has implications beyond the disgusting terror attack in San Berdoo - and as much as we despise ISIS and its followers, I can't help but believe that today's request by the FBI is more slippage toward that Orwellian vision.

One of my gripes with Google is their disregard for our privacy - invasive advertising, location detection, etc., etc.  If Apple gives in, they become nothing more than a prettier Google and Google is a sieve; so is Windows.

"Dominoes Fall"




"We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. 

They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone."  -Tim Cook

Here's the point: It's obvious iPhone is one of the most secure phones in the business, not even the FBI can break in. It's what I expect from Apple.

Some argue Apple should "do the right thing" and open up for the authorities.  Of course, Apple is doing the right thing by securing our personal data.  This is foundational to digital existence.

From printers, Netflix to your phone, today's world logs your actions and is subject to outside observation.  Current generations unfamiliar with a life without the internet, accept this openness.

But there should be an island of privacy.  Apple gave us a slice with the A7/8 chip.

Assuming the unlikely event that Apple prevails, the FBI, indeed the US must find another way:
  • Patch up the holes in our immigration process.
  • Intensify anti ISIS marketing.
  • Neutralize them in their backyard.
Whichever side of the dispute you fall, remembering why we're arguing either point is most important:
  • ISIS put this in the headlines.  
  • These two murderers pushed the FBI to consider data on an iPhone.  
  • Radical belief forced Tim Cook to release a letter of explanation.
The erosion of privacy isn't a result of a heavy handed government or a weak corporation. The assault is born from ancient people who loathe your freedom.  We must defend freedom from all directions at every instance.  From the copier to your phone.
"Ideas are Bullet Proof.."

Everybody in the Gov't has a gun: The FBI, Homeland Security, Immigration, FDIC, USPS, even the IRS.  ISIS has guns, HUMVEE's and steak knives.

Apple has ideas.



In the end, Apple will probably lose this fight.


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