The Apple Dilemma – Should Tim Cook Cooperate with the FBI?
If you were the parent or spouse of someone killed in the near future, and you found out that the information to stop the attack was on the phone taken from the San Bernardino terrorists, but the FBI had failed to look for it, wouldn’t you be furious? I would. Wouldn’t you blame them for the death of your loved one? I would. Wouldn’t you be fighting mad? I would. I think most all would blame them for gross dereliction of duty and we would want the negligent persons fired, then drawn and quartered.
Here, though, we have the FBI trying their absolute best to find out if the phone contains valuable information to prevent a future attack, and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple is resisting them, refusing to create the system to “unlock” the phone. His view is that in spite of the potential risk to unknown others, the loss of your privacy outweighs the risk of harm to those people. Who is he to say? Why is his opinion more important than the FBI? Or the national security of the United States? Or is it? Likely this case will move through our Federal court system, possibly even ending up before the Supreme Court.
Behind the scenes, we are currently doing our best to perfect quantum cryptography and then perfect quantum computing. What is quantum computing? Suffice it to say that it is potentially the most advanced methodology yet known to increase computation speeds to incredible levels, far beyond traditional computers. Current models have yet to perform as quite as promoted, and there are those believe they never will. BUT should we someday get there, quantum computers offer a unique solution to prevent effective hacking.
Quantum cryptography if developed could potentially work because the mere act of spying alters the information the spy receives. As an unrelated example, it would be like you trying to listen to another’s cell phone messages and because you were not them, you would hear an entirely different message from the one they would hear. People, business and government want to protect their messages from prying eyes. I think that is reasonable. I also understand that if a method to break into phones becomes available, that no secret upon them would be safe. It’s a dilemma.
Most of us do not like the idea of the government reading our emails, eavesdropping or snooping. We also seem to be powerless to stop it, if we are even aware of it going on. Frankly I have no idea if and when government has spied on me if they ever have. I felt I had constitutional rights that prevented it, I think most of you feel the same way, yet revelations about what the NSA has done shocked many of us. They stepped well over the line. This has caused many of us to distrust government to stop before they violate our rights.
Because of the subject matter and the terrorists involved, this will become a major issue over the coming months. Politicians will vocalize their viewpoints, it will likely become a question of whoever is vetted to be on the Supreme Court, and I wouldn’t be surprised should another related terrorist violent act occur, a massive lawsuit against Apple and Tim Cook if they fail to assist.
What are your thoughts? Should Apple provide assistance to the FBI on this and in the future, help them under court order, to access data from their products?
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