Apple vs FBI

Since this week is an open post and we have been asked to blog about an issue or an example that captured our interest in this module, I thought I would blog on the topic of security. I found this topic very interesting and didn’t really expect to. During the seminar the topic of the Apple and FBI news story was discussed, this issue really captured my interest. The story is that the courts ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook replied with an open letter basically saying, no. However, just this Monday it was reported that the FBI may have found a way to unlock the iPhone without Apple’s assistance.

So why doesn’t Apple want to unlock the iPhone? It’s not that they don’t want to, they argue that the software to do so doesn’t even exist and would have to create it and by doing so, if it got into the wrong hands could put millions of people’s security and privacy at risk. With Cook stating “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”

Although others argue that if the phone can be unlocked the FBI have the potential to recover information that can prevent future terror attacks. Do you agree with Apple that they shouldn’t have to unlock this iPhone or to you think that they should be forced to unlock it?

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7 Comments

  1. I agree with your post and about how interesting this topic was as i also did not expect to be so interested in this but as i began to understand the situation as a whole it had me hooked. At first i thought Apple should stop ‘playing about’ and just unlock the phone but then this lead to privacy of others and everything began to become very confusing. I’m still unsure how to answer the question you have posed at the end of your post. However i am kind of swaying to making them unblock the phone to prevent future attacks?

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  2. I agree with you, and choose the same topic – and to answer your question i think the the fbi should not have the right to unlock these phones because it means some people can get carried away and certain individuals take power to far. it could cause big security issues

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  3. This case has generated a lot of discussion regarding privacy and surveillance. A burning issue highlighted in this case is the constant dilemma between national security and individual privacy. Don’t you think security of the country comes first? Imagine the things FBI could recover from this particular iPhone? What if they can trace back the people, the terrorist organisation behind them, the network of sleeping cells in the USA, and I wonder what not. In cases like these, how should the government strike the right balance? I understand that privacy is vital, but at the cost of what? Corporate giants like Apple encrypt their softwares very secure. But don’t you think the creators can also decrypt their own product?

    Are our lives in the hands of Apple? And what keeps them from turning on us, they are all about business after all. Government or MNCs, our privacy is not ours only.

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  4. I do think it’s an invasion of privacy if the FBI gets to unlock IPhones. We don’t know who their target is going to be and there is no easy way to regulate how they would use this power. With a lot of power comes a lot of responsibility, but along it people might get greedy and just not follow what they are saying

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  5. I can understand both sides – the fact that the FBI want Apple to unlock the phone to find out more information and the fact that this technology can be used in the future for other crimes that take place where the unlocking of phones may be needed. It would help with the cases they are dealing with. But I also get Apple’s point of view, what if this technology did get into the wrong hands? That is quite a worrying thought.

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  6. I doubt it’s just me who has thought of this but, wouldn’t it be easier if Apple created a way of breaking in an iPhone if they only physically have the phone? If apple create a ‘back door’ in this way, peoples security will only be at risk if they phone was stolen. I do also believe that privacy can be breached if the intention is for public safety

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  7. I understand where Apple is coming from when they want to help however they don’t want to risk other people’s privacy. I mean if they tell the FBI how to do this it could get out on how to hack certain Apple products and that’s something that would course MAYJOR privacy issues.

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