I like England.
I’m not sure how @KatieeCollins links the Uncle of a murdered soldier who was killed while walking in Woolwhich, England to Apple building the FBI custom firmware so they can ‘hack’ iPhones…but I suppose it’s good to hear opinions from everyone.
“Valuable evidence is on that smartphone and Apple is denying the FBI access to that information,” Mr McClure told the BBC.
While this isn’t accurate, I understand the premise of his concern. The iPhones owner was a murderer and a terrorist. It’s owner was a coward and murdered innocent and unarmed men and women. No evidence exists, however. Evidence is physical proof. No one knows what is on that iPhone.
“If a court issued a warrant in the UK or United States to search somebody’s house, you wouldn’t stop them, you would allow them in – why should a smartphone be any different?
Because when you allow law enforcement into one persons house, the Law Enforcement detail doesn’t use that warrant to open up 80 million other homes belonging to other people. That is what the FBI wants from Apple.
“If Mr Cook has no sympathy for terrorists, why is he stopping the FBI accessing those phone records?”
Actually, Apple doesn’t administer phone service. If the FBI wants phone records, they are available from the Carrier…ATT, VZW etc.
It is logical to assume that this man and millions of others like him don’t quite have enough information to understand the pros and cons of this issue. How the causality of the compliance or non-compliance from Apple will impact society with the magnitude of a nuclear bomb.
- If Apple complies, they put 80-100 million American iPhone users at risk for data theft, remote attacks, privacy invasion and ID Theft and fraud.
The good thing is, someone might get to see some iPhone pictures. Or possibly incriminating iMessages….maybe.
- If Apple does not comply, then those who choose to be offended by Apple deciding to preserve their users right to privacy will choose to be so offended. That is their choice…to be offended if they so choose to be.
But law abiding iPhone users have a right to privacy from the government if they so choose as well…at least here in the United States. That right is supposed to be constitutionally protected and the government isn’t supposed to ignore that.
Where the government failed the American People, Apple continues to succeed.
But we should make one thing absolutely clear:
This isn’t about a dead terrorist or his iPhone. It not about murdered Soldiers. It’s not about preventing future terrorist attacks either.
This is about Apple choosing to defy the governments demand for back-door access through custom ‘spy’ firmware. It is by every definition the literal ‘spy-ware’. The act of disobedience by Apple is in the name of what is just. Apple is doing the right thing. The right thing to do is rarely easy. If anything, you should give Apple credit for taking the moral and ethical high-road when it comes to doing the right thing…even if you don’t agree with the way they are doing it.