Apple vs FBI
Technology is powerful beyond measure. Being part of a generation where our technology or more specifically our smart phones is an immense part our lives turns out to be a blessing and a curse. I can bore you about how starring into your phone or laptop ruins motor skills, what I do want to bring into attention is the power of the government.
A US federal magistrate has ordered Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. In one perspective, I’m like “yesss do that! We can find out so much information that way.” and then immediate I get washed over with a realization: big brother is real. The FBI has began (with what appears to be with the use of coercion) asking the notorious billion dollar company to basically hack into someone’s phone.
This is very concerning because back in 2014, Apple made iPhones with additional encryption software ensuring that it could not unlock, even if faced with a court order. Apple made it clear that was done “in the name of consumer privacy and cybersecurity”. Is it true Apple? Or does the government know something we don’t know?
Luckily the battle between big corporate american company and the government ended (for now) when a public letter, signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and published Tuesday, warns that complying with the order would entail building “a backdoor to the iPhone” — “something we consider too dangerous to create.”
In the end we shall cheer with joy because not only we can worry about the government following our every move, but my epiphany now believes that the companies have just as much power if not more. Meaning that Apple has my life.
Remember when people used to sell that buying Apple products is like selling your soul to the devil, well that has become a real perspective. Apple knows everything. In that same public letter that they release basically say that the FBI can suck it, they also go to say that: “People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.”
Nice to know that Apple knows everything about me… it’s like they’re a big brother.