Apple’s FBI Battle is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

From Wired

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and also generated some misinformation.

Those who support the government say Apple has cooperated in the past to unlock dozens of phones in other cases—so why can’t it help the FBI unlock this one?

But this isn’t about unlocking a phone; rather, it’s about ordering Apple to create a new software tool to eliminate specific security protections the company built into its phone software to protect customer data. Opponents of the court’s decision say this is no different than the controversial backdoor the FBI has been trying to force Apple and other companies to build into their software—except in this case, it’s an after-market backdoor to be used selectively on phones the government is investigating.

The stakes in the case are high because it draws a target on Apple and other companies embroiled in the ongoing encryption/backdoor debate that has been swirling in Silicon Valley and on Capitol Hill for the last two years. Briefly, the government wants a way to access data on gadgets, even when those devices use secure encryption to keep it private.

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34 Responses to Apple’s FBI Battle is Complicated. Here’s What’s Really Going On.

  1. Nick M February 20, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Privacy is becoming a big concern lately. In this recent event, the FBI is attempting to get Apple to provide them with a way to get into any locked iPhone. This would raise a huge security concern to the tech company, considering them doing this would go against all of their claims to security.

    The FBI claims that they want this tool so that they can get into this iPhone, the one involving the case. If all the FBI wanted was the information on that phone, they could simply hand it over to Apple so they could get it for them. But, the FBI is asking for a lot more. This could either be because they don’t want to keep going to Apple to get information that is locked out like this, or simply because they want to have more control than they should.

    Regardless, it is good that Apple is taking a stand against the FBI like this, to stand up for the products they make and overall customer security. A tool like this could easily get into the wrong hands, and that would be devastating for the company who takes pride in their security.

    A tool like this should only be in the hands of Apple, and the FBI trying to get them to provide a tool like this is upsetting, and disappointing. I for one don’t normally advocate Apple as a company, or any of its products, but them taking this stand is a bold and reassuring move, so I stand with them on this.

  2. Michael R February 20, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    This is an interesting debate from both sides. From the government’s point of view being able to access information to this phone could lead to some important information pertaining to the San Bernardino case, and could also possibly give them more information to other possible attacks. Then there is Apples stance in that their company takes pride in that their devices can’t be broken into or hacked. By helping the government break into this phone they compromise what makes Apples devices great and aide the government in spying on the public.
    I don’t know what the right answer is for this debate because if this allows the government to help solve crimes and stop future attacks in the future by being able to see if there is suspicious activity on peoples phones then that is a good thing. At the same time the thought of the government invading our privacy which they already do, is going to make a lot of people feel uncomfortable knowing that their might be someone monitoring our phone activity. In addition to the government gaining access to your devices if Apple creates this new software it also opens the possibility for hackers getting your information. I feel that the best solution is to get some company to find a way to break into the phone. I am aware of how hard it is and the risk of permanently locking yourself out of the phone if you guess wrong too many times, but with the technology that’s available in this day and age I find it hard to believe that there isn’t a way to get into the phone some way or another without changing Apple’s whole software.

  3. MP February 20, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Whenever I see something like this debate between the FBI and Apple, I always like to try to put myself in the shoes of either side. On the FBI’s side, they are attempting to solve an important case that could lead to answers that would better protect the general public. Apple doesn’t want to breakdown the encryption on the phones and make put users privacy at risk. Once this software that unlocks the phone is made, others could find a way to duplicate it or use it. It would look as if Apple was just giving away the privacy of their customers.

    I like knowing that no one can get into my phone if it is lost or stolen. Especially now with Apple Pay and apps that leave personal information on my phone, I know that I wouldn’t want someone t be able to get into my phone. To me, if my phone is not protected, I don’t see a point in having one. Also, the FBI isn’t even sure there is anything worthwhile on the phone. It might be nothing that would help them. This debate makes it difficult to side with either side. If the FBI could get into the phone, they might be able to stop other people connect with this crime or stop it from happening again. I’m just not sure if I’m willing to risk my privacy for to unlock a phone that might not even hold any answers.

  4. Greg Tibok February 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    This topic is very controversial and is stirring emotions in everyone from consumers to politicians. The article states that in the past with the appropriate warrants, it was in fact possible for Apple to provide such assistance to investigations. However, due to the new software that was implemented, Apple is stating this is no longer technically possible.

    With the roll-out of iOS 8, it seems as if this has been Apple’s way to draw the line in the sand in regards to their level of protection and privacy that they provider to their users. This appears to be a primary driver behind their decision to challenge the request of the FBI. They also appear to feel as if there may be gross financial implications if they were to agree to such a request, and that the decision may lead to lost consumer confidence. This would not be surprising especially given the fact that in January they reported their first quarterly drop in sales and revenue since 2003 (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-26/apple-forecasts-first-sales-drop-since-2003-on-iphone-slowdown).

    One other thing that I feel is a crucial aspect in regards to this decision is what would Apple’s response be if they are tasked with a similar request to help stop an attack that would compromise our national security? Even though this was a tragic event that took the lives of many, it was an isolated incident in California alone. What if with the help of Apple a larger incident could be thwarted? The only solution in my eyes to avoid a gross leak to the public would be to develop the decoding device in a safe-zone with both parties of the FBI and Apple present. Even though data and product leaks appear to have the ability to affect everyone no matter how big or small, maybe this would work? Even though they state in the article “it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data”, I find it hard to believe.

  5. Judah February 20, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Apple is currently battling the FBI about access to an iphone. The phone, used by the shooter in San Bernardino, uses a password that if entered incorrectly 10 times, the phone will be cleared. The issue here is the potential security breach. Allowing the FBI to get into any apple phone is dangerous and creates a bad precedent. If apple concedes, and gives the FBI a back door into their operating systems, then it would be expected that all companies would do this, and effectively destroying cyber security as we know it today.
    There are other security options available to lock one’s iphone. Using a complicated password, with an alpha-numeric code containing 6 or 8 characters, would make using a bruteforce technique next to impossible. There is also the time delay between passcode entries which makes the bruteforce technique extremely difficult, because of the limit of entries allowed in a short period of time. Would these preventative actions be enough if the FBI could use their back door and the ability to utilize the bruteforce technique?
    Regardless, I think this is a very important event to follow and it will have a lot of impact on the future of electronics. Not just phones but computers, cloud based storage, and other instances where personal information is stored. With the government being able to arbitrarily access an individual’s information whenever they want, without a warrant, and without probable cause, would infringe on our constitutional rights. As a citizen I feel that it is not worth the risk of allowing the FBI to use this type of data intrusion even one time. All it takes is one time to set a precedent that could last forever, especially if they claim it could stop terrorism. The reality in this instance is that the event already occurred and the information may not even be relevant.

  6. Kevin A February 20, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    In my opinion the government should not be asking Apple to create a back door into it’s IPhones. I think this is the least secure thing Apple can do at this point in time. In recent years the government’s databases have been hacked by numerous entities both domestic and international. So for them to have access to enter apples databases makes Apple more vulnerable to such threats. I also feel that this feature can easily be abused.
    Giving the government this sort of power in a case like this is clearly just and an easy solution, but to allow them to have permanent access like this would just be too much. The government is using this case to gain access to Apple’s data in a way that they would not normally do. To give them access would be shifting power from the secured iPhone user to the government. For now the government would use it to solve this crime and others similar to it, but I believe that soon the government will abuse this power and use it irresponsibly on American citizens. Sure now it may not seem like a big deal for Apple to give in and allow the government access but in the future it could be a decision Apple and American citizens come to regret.

  7. TC February 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    Based on the article and new information, this article depicts how the FBI wants access to Apple’s iOS9 software. This has been the ever evolving battle and now is gaining publicity faster than a bolder rolling down a steep mountain. The FBI is claiming to not be able to access the iPhone used by the terrorists in California in 2015 with this iOS9 software. The FBI wants a backdoor for the ability to see the information on the phone, which it already has access to and many sources claim the FBI has already been “inside” the phone and has access to the information they are publicly searching for. The main cause of this article and the precedent this ruling would set are the real fight being fought by Apple and others behind the scenes. The main concern is creating a back door for the FBI will be creating a back door for hackers and terrorists alike.
    Unlocking the phone isnt what the government wants, it is the back door through the software and create a crippled version of the firmware for future occasions. This would create the ability for the government to easily monitor the activity not relied on by the service provider which already has had precedent set, this is over access to iCloud and stored information on the phones. It would allow the government to easily ask for access to other companies and organizations for private information, which would be terrible for cyber security and private information, terrorist or not its theirs. Pictures, documents, saved information all now easily accessed for all the government employees trying to see what their girlfriends/boyfriends are up to.

  8. Angelina Gummel February 22, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    I understand that in the constitution it is supposed to protect your privacy but when you threaten a national you should not be allowed to have those rights anymore. Apple knew what they were doing when they created the new software or “updated it” by not allowing the government to be able to hack it. Since Apple has helped the FBI before by hacking into known terrorist’s phones, it does not make sense on why they would create this new software.
    It seems that the FBI wants Apple to install a certain type of software on to the phone so that they are able to use their password cracking software instead of having to manually type in the password on the screen. It seems like a good idea to use because if they type in the wrong password too many times the phone will erase all data that was stored on the phone. Recognizing that Apple is trying to protect a person’s privacy, they are only being asked to do this with a court order.

  9. Bryan Cimino February 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Should the San Bernardino shooter suspects set the trend to Apple incorporating into their iOS software an unlock for the FBI. The unlock, would request Apple to build a loophole in there already existing software which protects consumer encrypted data to begin with. This would allow third-party software to unlock certain iPhones with a warrant issued if someone is suspected of suspicious activity or wrong doing. Personally, I am Apple user and I don’t mind this government request. I know many in society feel this is an evasion of privacy, which is understandable, but this may protect us from future catastrophic events. If law enforcement agencies can access encrypted iPhones of dangerous people, this can help us prevent individuals who pose harm to others to be stopped before harm is done.
    If Apple decides to go ahead and approve the request from the government, then this may also set a trend for other phone manufactures, and android to follow the same. As we all know, people can jailbreak android’s os and Apple’s iOS to stay below the radar and super encrypt their phones. There will never be a patch to stop jail braking, but for common Android and Apple users, this new law will be in effect for those people. Already, if you read in Apple’s privacy policy it states “we have to right to collect small specific types of data” and goes on to list what they can do. However, if you someone who doesn’t mind having information collected about, then it doesn’t really involve you. This would just help with dangerous individuals and even drug deals from happening from suspected criminals. Then when trial happens there will be solid evidence, (prior authorization to unlock the encrypted hard drive) and can help speed trials up for the jury to make a solid conclusion. Also, just quickly to add, Apple will have to comply to this new proposal for international Apple users. This can also be a benefit of stopping potential terrorism whether it be to the U.S. or other towards other nations.

  10. Gianna Tomeo February 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm #

    I feel like the theme of major events in today’s world is the issue of technological privacy. I know I have read at least two other blogs that deal with hackers being able to gain access to high authority technology, as well as our personal portable devices. It is a scary thing that someone with that knowledge can basically have your life at the will of their computer skills. With this particular article I feel like I could be in support of both sides of the argument.
    On one hand I feel like Apple should definitely be willing to help the United States government with unlocking the cellphone of the threatening suspect from the San Bernardino shooting. Not only will it possibly give them vital information regarding the shooting, but it would also give them information for possible future attacks, allow the government to prevent them from happening, and save many innocent lives. If this ability was given to the United States government by Apple, we would have a great advantage over terrorists, and criminals everywhere by being able to hack into their technology.
    On the other hand, I feel like if Apple follows through with the government’s request then that opens the door for other countries, and their governments to get their hands on the technology owned by the United States government. That would only be fair right? Not only would that put our government at risk, but the new software they would have to create to allow the government to have access to the suspect would mean that now it is easier for people to hack in everyone’s cell phones. I do not support that. It is a little nerve wracking to think about what the government is really asking Apple to do. They are asking for the ability to be able to unlock anyone’s phone that they felt was suspect. It is scary to think about where that could lead us. Even as far as to think that one day the government will have access to all of our information that we store on our technology devices such as messages, pictures, and personal information. If my phone gets lost, or stolen I know that whoever finds it can not get into my phone if I have a passcode. That is a relieving concept. I do not want that to change because if I misplaced the phone, or if it did get stolen then at least I would know that my information is safe besides all the negatives of losing the phone itself.
    I think that what Apple should do is have some sort of agreement that if someone is under suspect for a major crime then they will unlock the suspect’s phone on their own, and then give it to the government. Then the government does not have the knowledge to be able to unlock people’s phones at their own whim, but they can still get the vital information they need to solve a traumatic criminal case.

  11. Kiana Dixon February 23, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Firstly, the title of this article intrigued me especially because of the fact it has to do with Apple and also the FBI. Apple has been the topic of conversation for many journalists and spectators since the technology has been created. Also the title lists how the article will explain the details of the complications of the task at hand with the FBI and Apple, however I thought in cases like this, information is supposed to be private.
    Yet, that’s exactly what Apple wanted to do with this case and so forth. It has been mentioned that they have unlocked many other phones in the past but discovering that the FBI wants them to add to their software a way for the government to get into peoples phones that they are investigating goes against what the software protects for each of their customers. Apple seems to have the upper hand in this case and get to determine whether or not they want to change this in their software. Once again the government is trying to make everything that is supposed to be private, accessible to them. It is very contradicting how the government works and no one will ever understand their logic in their tactics. If Apple agrees to what the FBI is asking then it is questionable if it will it decrease Apple’s sales if the confirmation of this agreement was to go public. Customers of Apple buy their products because of the privacy and advanced software that is built to withstand one’s information.
    The very complex security password feature is what is giving the FBI trouble in accessing the shooter’s phone. With this inflexible component it will be almost impossible for the FBI to figure out any information that is on the phone. This is because there is a setting on the phone that gives on the option to use a 4 digit password or a password that includes words. In this case there are over 1 million ways the FBI has to figure out what the password could be without getting locked out the phone for good. This is the information they want Apple to unlock for their usage when it is needed. Apple will in fact be helping the United States government but it will give the opportunity for other countries to feel obligated want the same expectations from Apple as well. The benefits for the government are being noticed but the disadvantages for Apple are not. Yes, it will help capture criminals faster in the future, but it will lessen customer’s privacy. In addition the approval upon request of running crippled firmware is not needed. I wonder when the confirmation of what Apple’s decision of what they will do in changing their software is going to go public and notify all their customers about what the new policy will require. In the back of my mind I think that this will not happen because they know the possibilities of the loss of customers if the software is updated.

  12. B.U. February 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    After first hearing about this brought up in the news, my first reaction was why and how the FBI couldn’t get into the phone. Clearly the owner of this phone was the San Bernardino shooter and what this person did will go down as a horrific instance in history. So why can’t we go in his phone and see what other evidence we could find. Well, that was my first reaction. In my opinion, if someone is involved in a crime of this magnitude, the FBI should have every right to go in and search phones, computers, etc. in order to help prevent future shootings and crimes like this, and or to question and arrest any other parties involved. Why would we look to protect a monster thats capable of doing such a shooting like this and simply investigate to arrest and prevent any other shootings like this.
    Well, though that’s only my opinion, I do understand that by having Apple let the FBI into the phone causes a huge problem. If Apple were to do an unlock of the phone, it would request Apple to build a loophole in their already existing software which protects consumer encrypted data. This would allow third-party software to unlock certain iPhones with a warrant issued if someone is suspected of suspicious activity or wrong doing. Apparently, before software iOS 8 in 2014, Apple didn’t have this decryption blockage. So in fact, a third party could in fact get into ones phone and access data. But, with such a high concern for privacy in technology now a days, and with people being able to hack almost anything as well, Apple has raised its concerns and installed this new feature.
    Personally with this, I think it helps promote Apple products in a positive way. Everyone, including myself always has doubts about technology and always think that anyone can hack into anything. If you built and created a software, someone will know how to hack it. But clearly not in this case. This is nationwide news, and if the FBI can’t get into the phone, than in my book, no one can. It proves the worthiness of Apple products and safety in terms of being hacked. Apple can now prove because of this, that their products are clearly proven to be hack proof and technologically safe.
    Going back to the main concern here though, should Apple allow the FBI to unlock and get into the San Bernardino shooter’s phone? In my opinion, yes. If I had to sign an agreement, or if there is a new law that states that if you commit a crime at this magnitude, that the FBI and police will have to attain a warrant to access your information, I would be completely okay with that. For one, I will never be a criminal and have to worry about this, but in regards to criminal activity, if you commit a serious crime, one, you are not only dangerous to the lives of the people around you and your environment, but two, you don’t deserve the right to keep your information private. By committing these crimes, your rights in terms of privacy should be taken away. If you don’t want to follow the law at this magnitude, then too bad. If by going into your data and information (with a warrant of course) helps save more lives and gets more dangerous people linked to you, then not only does it make the world safer, but gets more dangerous and lethal criminals off the street.
    In regards to what Apple should do, I don’t know. I feel as though they have proven that their products are more than secure, and look to continue to do so. But unless there is a law that states that the FBI can access the information with a warrant, I don’t know what Apple should do. I want the FBI and feel as though the FBI should be able to access the information on this phone, yet at the same time, there is no law stating that they can do that. So, in my opinion, that is what is causing this wall in the case.

  13. Jessica Matos February 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm #

    Privacy is very important to everyone around the world and it is becoming an issue. Apple should not change their system so that it is easier to hack in to. It is set the way it is to help keep personal information private. I do not own an Apple phone, and I am happy about that. Apple seems to be having a lot of issues lately with their product. I would not be comfortable knowing that all my information could easily be viewed by the FBI ordering Apple to hack into my phone with an easier hacking system on all Apple phones. Apple users would lose so many customers if they follow what the government wants. This new designed software they are requesting for would cause so many customers to lose the privacy that they have or want. I could understand what the government wants and why they want it, but that is not the reality. It is important for everyone to keep their lives private and the government seems to be making that difficult for Apple users.

    Apples seems to be trying to develop different operating systems with security options to keep unwanted users out of the phone with more than a couple different factors to unlock the phone. After reading about this system they have, it makes me hope that all phones will eventually have this feature. I would feel much better knowing that there is no way for someone to hack into my cell phone. Changing pins from only four numbers to six numbers could make a big different when someone is trying to hack into a phone. I would much rather have the option of choosing a four or six number pin to make it more difficult to get into my phone. The article states that if a phone has a lock on it, there is no way to hack into the phone with the new software. I have a lock on my phone, and most people I know have locks on their phones. It is important because of the amount of things that can be stored in a phone.I personally do not believe that credit or debit cards information should be stored and saved into a phone. If the phone gets into the wrong hands, or possibly gets hacked, then that person now has more than just a phone. He or she also has all of that persons money connected to those credit and debit cards.

  14. Anthony Scotti February 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    The FBI is putting Apple in a very tough situation with the crisis that had recently occurred. The FBI wants Apple to create a software that can be used to get the man that had shot up innocent people. There are many factors in this case that can be complicated. The owner of the phone wasn’t the man who had committed this awful crime. It was a company phone that he had worked for. The suspect along with his wife had destroyed both of their cellular devices before the crime. The real problem here isn’t trying to unlock the phone because that can be done very easily. The problem here is creating a new software that is basically considered a backdoor to getting into this suspects phone. Sure the FBI can try and guess the password but apple has a feature that if you try a passcode ten or somewhat times and get it wrong it permantely deletes all of the information off the phone and then they have no information on this suspect. That is why the FBI wants another way to get into this phone. If the FBI was to get this new software from Apple it can be very risky. If Apple does indeed create this software it can be a threat to the whole world and specifically the United States. Imagine other countries getting this software and taking down our economy and depleting a lot or all businesses in the United States. Or getting into government officals phones and getting personal information that can be devasting and dangerous to a lot of people.

    With a older version of the phone the FBI would easily get into this suspects phone but with the new iOS 8 and 9 updates apple has been protecting its customers from this types of situations that’s why it puts apple in such a tough position because if Apple does go along with this not only does this software make it a threat to other countries on attacking us. It forces them to use the same software that they would have to use for other cases similar to the San Bernadino case that is currently happening. The FBI went to court spefically for this case only but if apple proves to the FBI and the rest of the world that they can just create this software and get into anyones phone they are going to have to do it for a lot more cases other than this one. This topic defiantly has a lot of different opinions on this. I think in this case apple is right , they cannot risk the potential of a lot more serious things happening and out of all people the FBI should agree with them. Im sure Apple wants to give them the backdoor to this software but it can cause a greater harm and you have to think long term when it comes to this. Apple and the FBI cannot risk any greater threats than what we have right now and If keeping us safe from the economy crashing I think Apple is right in this case

  15. James O'Boyle February 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    If they cave in they could lose a large customer base for this. It could also lead to a bad chain of events if they government didn’t target other major businesses in the industry that use similar products (android, Verizon, Sprint, etc.). There is a reason there are so many different methods of encryption for devices like this; it is our right to privacy. Apples reaction of refusing to create such a backdoor could end up being very positive for their business. First off it is generally seen as a positive from the social aspect of citizens not wanting the government to be able to access their personal devices, but more importantly it is keeping Apple competitive with the other large industry leaders that are not being forced to do this(yet).
    Refusing to do this is Apple’s moral and legal obligation. It is also smart from a business perspective. They’ve invested so much time and money in creating these in depth security features. The second they create a “backdoor” they would be setting a precedent with the government that made it so every time the government did not like a feature of a electronic device, they could “strongly suggest” the company gives them full access to manipulate it.

  16. Michael W. Alescio February 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    The United States vs. Apple is a very interesting a diverse case. I have been reading into the case for the past week non-stop. What I think makes this case fascinating is how large an impact it could have on our country, and world if the United States wins. If the United States wins, what many people do not realize is the sever impact it could have on our country. Other countries could possibly be able to get into United States phones and hack into them. This then giving countries we are at war against access to private information held within United States users. Considering Apple has products in countries in the Middle East, if the United States wants special software to access Apple phones, what would then stop other countries from wanting the same access to these products.
    Currently Apple is defending their encryption on their products against the United States. Specifically the FBI wants to have special access to get into the iPhones of previous or current criminals. With Apple’s new software systems (iOS 8 and iOS 9) it prevents Apple from getting into their own phones they sell. What Apple’s argument is based on is the premises that they have worked so hard to protect their customer’s security. What the United States is asking them to do is unfair.
    The United States is now narrowing its approach on the case to the one phone. Instead of saying we would like Apple to make a software to unlock all their iPhones, they said they want to unlock the one phone from the California shooter. In doing this, Apple will then be unlocking all the phones, which is what the United States government really wants. But where the government is naïve in thinking, is the bigger effect our country could actually face once other companies request the same information from Apple.
    This really points to how unsecure your phone and other computing devices are. A good example of this is, the FBI using your phone to track your position at all times. At any time the FBI could be tracking your current location considering your phone pings the nearest cell tower. There are now other companies like Google that allow your searches to be tracked to specialize the advertisements you are given. To make the advertisements they sell more valuable for them, and more useful to advertisers.
    My opinion on the United States vs. Apple case. It is a really bad idea to put it bluntly. By allowing the United States access to a software system that overrides the encryptions of their current iOS 8 and iOS 9 systems, would then give other countries the same right to having the overriding system to these other countries. The other countries would include countries the United States currently is not in good disposition with. Countries in the Middle East could then insert cyber terrorism and have access to all United States customers’ iPhones. This could ultimately lead to the crashing of technology within the United States, and stealing from peoples online bank accounts would be the least of our worries. Apple is currently being ordered by the judge to comply with the requests of the Untied States. Apple then appealed and is now waiting a further court date. Ultimately most experts are predicting that this case will end up in the Supreme Court. For my sake, for your sake and for our countries sake, I hope Apple wins.

  17. Tyler Truong February 25, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    This debate is torn between morals and the law. On one side, providing the Federal Bureau of Investigations the ability to essentially spy on the millions of Apple customers is completely in the moral wrong, but not providing the FBI with the tools to get into a murderer’s phone is also morally wrong. Legally the court order issued by the FBI requires Apple to create this backdoor, but Apple is refusing on the basis that this would be a security issue with their operating system.
    No one knows for sure how the FBI is going to actually use this tool but given the circumstances and the past, they could potentially use this against their own citizens. The FBI is overstepping their boundaries when it comes to privacy regarding the Apple iPhone because up until now, the encryption of the iPhone devices have not been broken or bypassed. Giving the FBI a backdoor to allow them to decrypt and view personal information and files on an iPhone file system gives them the ability to spy on millions of Americans. Of course they state that this tool will be used solely for the persecution of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, no one can know for sure what they would actually do if given this much power.
    This debate really plays on your morals because on both ends of the spectrum, someone seems to be in the wrong. Apple wants to protect their users privacy while the government wants to put a killer into jail. Apple is obligated by law to create this backdoor while the government could potentially use this tool against its own citizens.
    No one knows for sure what would be the outcome of creating this tool, but I for one feel as if Apple is doing the right thing by standing up for its users and clients.

  18. Parth Parikh February 25, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    This battle between the FBI and Apple is a tough topic to discuss, mainly because the battle is continuing on today and there is constant updates from either side. This all started when the San Bernardino massacre happened last year and the deadly events that unfortunately unfolded that day. One of the shooters, who was later killed, had an iPhone that had a passcode enabled on it. After solving the crime and learning as much as they could have uncovered from their home to whatever evidence was left at the crime scene, the only thing that the FBI and the government has that might have some clues and has some value to them is the terrorist’s iPhone. Within that iPhone, there may be some contacts or text messages or phone calls that could lead the government and the FBI to find possible suspects and persons of interest in the war against terrorism. As a result, the FBI formally asked Apple to help them in unlocking the phone of the attacker. The only problem is, Apple knows that if they unlock the phone of the attacker, they will be violating the privacy and the contents of the user, even though that person is dead, and it will leave a bad impression on current Apple users, who will begin to think that if the government were to come at Apple for information, that Apple will be willing to forgo their privacy rights and leak information to the federal authorities. Apple, then, would have to stand up for privacy rights and take a stand against the government by not unlocking the person’s phone. Many tech people have spoken up since the news broke out, with people such as Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other well-known figures, coming out publically and backing Apple’s decision not to release the passcode.
    I believe that Apple should not release the passcode. The FBI obviously can ask Apple to release the information, but the government cannot force them to do that and Apple has the rights and the privacy that they must maintain to their customers and their users. Now of course it is not often that corporations like Apple go against the government all the time and it now becomes a national and even a worldwide issue with Apple going up against the United States government, but the rights, privacy, and the safety of millions of users are on the line and with Apple being a more multinational corporations with stores now in Europe, China and now India, we will see where this case goes and how it unfolds. Apple has just recently stepped up their security walls so the US government cannot go through back doors and get the information in another way. Apple in the near future will not budge from their position, so we will see how the government responds to that.

  19. Neeraja Thakur February 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    The Unites States vs Apple case has been a battle for quite a while now. It’s been on the news and a part of conversations everywhere. But what exactly is going on? Syed Rizwan Farook’s (a terrorist who massacred fourteen people with his wife at a holiday party) iPhone is in the possession of the FBI. In previous cases like these, the Unites states government asked for Apple to unlick these iPhones so that they could access the information. In the past, Apple gladly unlocked the IPhones and granted the government access to the information.
    Now however, The Unites States government is demanding that Apple create a software that “eliminates specific security protections that company built into its phone software to protect costumer data.” Apple is finding this demand absurd and is refusing to do so and cooperate because they claim that “in the wrong hands, this software….. would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” The government wants the company to create a new version of the iPhone operating system and install it on Farook’s phone as a “backdoor” into obtaining its data”
    I agree with Apple in this case because if the government has access to any iPhone in the world, then people would feel unsafe and even stop buying Apple products. I know that if Apple gave the access that to the government that the government wants, then I personally wouldn’t feel safe and switch my phone to some other brand. No matter how much I love iPhones, I would not feel safe knowing that the government has access to all of my information no matter what. Apple is refusing this offer to save their company and follow the rules of their company that they have set for its customers.
    “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge”. Mark Cuban comments on this issue and states how giving the government access to privacy is equivalent to getting rid of the concept of privacy altogether. Messages, heath records, financial data, location, or even microphones and cameras can be intercepted and closely followed by the government. Which phone company wants to bring this upon themselves? It was be complete and utter stupidity for a company to comply with requests that do this. I feel that the government is not only being nosy and ridiculous, but stupid to expect that any two hundred and thirty three point seven billion dollar company will be perfectly fine with giving up their business.
    The right to freedom and speech and everything that the government can infringe upon will be taken away if Apple agrees to terms and I do not support the government in this case at all. I want my privacy and my actions to be respect.

  20. Mario Raccuglia February 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    There are so many variables involved with this debate. Apple is a huge company. Their business model has worked and turned them into a multi-billion dollar business. Their main concern are their customers, and how they can rally more and more customers to their side. Making money is always going to be Apple’s number one goal. Them taking a stand against the government is a good business move in their eyes.
    On the other hand, you have the FBI. They could be using the guise of ‘wanting to save lives’ as an excuse to develop this software to break into this phone. Can the wrong hands get onto it if it is developed? Sure it can, but Apple has done a pretty good job of keeping their other systems from being copied or duplicated over the years. The FBI claims they want to use the software on this one phone only. It is hard to trust the FBI, but you have to remember the FBI is severely undermanned when it comes to cybersecurity. http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2011/May/Pages/USGovernmentUndermannedWhenitComestoCybersecurity,ArmyWarCollegeAcademicSays.aspx Not a lot of hackers have the dream of working with or being employed by the government.

    What Apple should do is comply, but do it in such a way that the FBI has no access to this software what-so-ever. This is a big deal when it comes to the matter of privacy, but do not be fooled that either side actually means what they are saying. For the FBI its good politics, for Apple, its good business.

  21. Cailee Valente February 26, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    I was first introduced to this topic while in New York City at my friend’s apartment. He is a business entrepreneur and his roommate is a partner in some financial firm and this is what their heated conversation was about. At the time, I was clueless about the topic and chose to stay quiet and observe the two in their debate over the apple issue. I typically observe others and come to conclusions without even trying to. I noticed how these older, mature, New-York-City-inhabiting creatures talked about topics that were intellectual or required some sort of intelligence to have. The two were so passionate about saying their opinions and stating their facts on the issue. It was interesting to me how more mature intellectual individuals converse with each other. They talk about current events, ideas, and worldly things that matter. I find these conversations to be more engaging and actually worth my time unlike half of the people I know that are my age.
    Since I am still in college, I am surrounded by other students every day and rarely have I ever noticed my peers engage is conversations like this. Every day I over hear people gossiping about other people or parties and other irrelevant things. Another one of my friends goes to NJIT on a soccer scholarship and is from New Zealand and observed how so many American college students are immature and unintellectual. It made me think about why college students in America have such a difficult time maturing. Why is it that so many students, or young people in general, would rather talk about miniscule topics instead of taking advantage of all of the resources that America provides for us. We have libraries filled with books that people never touch. There are scholarly articles and research findings available to us free at charge that people only look at when they are forced to write research papers for class. Other countries are filled with eager teens who want to learn and excel in the workplace but it does not seem that most Americans are like that.
    Regarding the article, there was a lot that my NYC friends mentioned that was not included in this article. I am assuming that this means that my NYC friends did extra research on their own time on the issue out of pure curiosity. I wonder if they were always so curious and eager to learn or If this is a change that has acquired over the years. How would America be different if everyone had this goal or thought process of wanting to learn more “for fun.” By “for fun” I basically mean that it is not required for a job or for any type of school assignment.
    I do not know anything about technology besides the basics so I found this article to be very interesting. If apple allowed the government to unlock the iphone they would be unlocking all of them and that would literally change the world. So much information would be made public and that would literally end privacy. It seems very unethical and I hope that apple does not change their decision. I recently saw another article headline that said how apple was in the process of creating new technology that would make it even harder for the government to unlock the iphones. It is also interesting that 15 years ago this type of issue would not even be imaginable and that shows how much technology has evolved over the years and how much it will evolve in the future.

  22. Catherine Davis 005914415 February 26, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Privacy is a concern of everyone’s but so should be the safety. I am on the fence for this article. I use my iPhone and IPad for a lot of things, such as my banking, checking emails, shopping, and paying other online bills. I wouldn’t want anyone having backdoor access to my personal information. By giving the FBI access with the backdoor you are leaving it open to anyone to hack my information. I think Apple has done an excellent job in keeping all of my private information safe. Not to mention that if Apple lets the FBI have this information then this sets precedent for other businesses to have to give backdoor access as well. The FBI is claiming that this will be a one-time deal and their not even sure if there is any information that they can use. But if allowed this one time how do we know they aren’t going to want to do this again.
    Were this concerns a safety issue I understand why the FBI should be allowed to have backdoor access. They want to know who else knew about the San Bernardino attacks. Maybe by the FBI, having this information, they would be able to also track more terrorist and prevent any more terrorist attacks. Any company should want to help in finding more terrorist. I think back to 9-11 and the attacks in Paris were people have lost so many loved ones. I am watching my nephews grow up in an unsafe world and I fear them. If Apple doesn’t want to give the government access, then they should come up with another solution that would make everyone happy.

  23. Debbie Barbiero February 26, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    This article is a very interesting read, I think what most people need to understand is that it is about privacy, but it is also about the precedent that this case will set for similar cases in the future. If Apple does this for the FBI the case could set an example and have an impact on all cases that involve encryption and how to get around it. In addition to this, all other technology companies could also be asked to perform this task in the future, if Apple did it, why can’t Microsoft or Google? Where does this case end? I think the answer to that question is much more complicated that people can comprehend. Most Apple customers are worried about privacy, which is completely valid, but I feel most people are forgetting the massive example this case will set for the future.

    In regards to privacy, this software could be extremely detrimental in the wrong hands. If hacked or leaked, the amount of personal information that could be shared with the world is extreme. Apple needs to stick by their case, this software could cause major damage regarding privacy and just the trust of their employees in general.

  24. Billy Vorrius February 26, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    This story has been the headline for the past two weeks. However, this article explains the story in more detail. At first I thought that the government wanted a master decryption key they would be able to unlock all phones with ease. However, the government just wants this particular phone (the phone of a criminal that had shot civilians dead) to lose the ability to auto erase the data as well as losing the time delay feature. If Apple (and they are capable) does install a crippled firmware that does delete these features, then this firmware can be applied to any phone. Nevertheless, the government still has to crack the code on the phone. If it is a six digit password, then the password cracking system will take forever to crack the code on the locked device.
    I believe the government has every right to order the phone company to do this. However, I am not for the decision. There is way too much at stake because this firmware can be applied to every phone. If the U.S. government wins this case, then foreign countries will also be able to order Apple to apply the firmware to their citizens devices. This firmware will then be out of our governments grip, and could possibly fall into the wrong hands, given that most foreign governments are corrupt. Furthermore, our government wants to be able to crack codes electronically, meaning that the phone does not need to be in the governments possession in order to crack. This is a huge problem and would cause an outrage by the people.
    If this firmware does get out, the hackers still need the brute force pass-code cracker, which I’m sure is very accessible given the resources we do have (globally speaking). This is a very sticky situation. Since Apple does sell their products to foreign nations, they would have to let foreign countries also access the firmware (given the right circumstances such as a terrorist attack, shooting, etc.). If foreign countries have access to this same firmware, the entire world can face an electronic war. Bank accounts, personal information, and other online accounts will be in jeopardy if hackers get their hands on this crippled firmware. Especially if hackers are given the chance to hack or crack codes electronically, which is what our government is proposing. This should not be part of the solution.
    There should be a compromise between the two parties. The government should not be able to crack codes electronically. This will cause a huge privacy issue and will harm our fourth amendment rights, the right to privacy. However, I believe the government will end up being able to get Apple to create the crippled firmware so that the phone is “hack-able”. However, the firmware will probably be under top secret documents, and will hopefully be trashed and permanently deleted from our archives once the phone is unlocked. If the public knows about this firmware, people all over the world will be trying to get their hands on it. The harm that it will cause is far too superior than the messages on a shooter’s phone. If the government entirely wins this case, meaning they have electronic access to phones as well as having permanent possession of this firmware, Apple needs to come up with a software that forces users to include a 6- digit password as well as allowing access from other users. This will prevent pass-code hacks from other users if this firmware becomes a reality. If it gets into the wrong hands, Apple will lose a lot of business, and our government will be shamed by the people.

  25. Brianna Havel February 26, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    With all of these major advancements in technology there has been a growing concern about privacy. Phones today hold ones entire life. Credit cards, bank accounts, schedules, home address, and so much more are contained in one device. Now, although giving the FBI complete access into the phone could proof to be beneficial in preventing threats against the pubic such as the San Bernandino shooting. However, it is not just one phone or the phone of terrorists which the FBI wants Apple to unlock. Although the FBI claims they only wants Apple to give them complete access to this single phone, their request for the company to create a backdoor into all of Apples products contradicts the FBI’s original statement. By forcing Apple to create this “backdoor” into phones that puts the privacy of consumers at risk. Apple put security measures on their products because they realize how much of one’s personal information is on their devices. If security measures were taken off that will give hackers easy access into the phones of the public and makes the possibility of stealing ones information that much easier.
    Now although this is an important issue for the public, one must take the time to evaluate this situation from the perspectives of Apple themselves. The reason why the company is fighting the FBI so much is because they know that if they were to create backdoor access into their products that their loyal consumers would not feel safe. They have the potential to lose a huge part of their market share if they lose this case due to precedent. Consumers will see this court ruling as what Apple’s future actions will be in similar situations. Apple is fighting this in the public eye because even if the court rules they must obey FBI orders, the public will know that the company fought as hard as they could and that the company does not support this backdoor into their products.

  26. Mark Gernhardt February 26, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    People are constantly trying to keep their private things private. In this day and age that is a very hard thing to do with companies that data mine and check your browser to see what things were interested in. This legal case could be a big next step in the way the government can spy on us. Apple in the past has opened up phones on their older software because the software had a way for apple to bypass the lock and get into the phone’s data. Apple has recently changed that with their IOS 8 update where there is a no longer a way for Apple to bypass the phone without altering their software. The FBI wants Apple to create this backdoor which is what is sparking this controversy. I stand on the side of the FBI in this case. If the FBI only tracks and monitors people of suspicion in order to protect innocent. I’m not saying that the FBI having a backdoor to everyone’s phone is a good idea. I think that the plan of only tracking and allowing a backdoor to people under suspicion is a good balance in order to protect the peace. The other problem with this situation is that the FBI is trying to force Apple to alter their private software that they created. While i am for the act of monitoring people under suspicion i am extremely against the fact of the government forcing a company to change or alter their own creation.

  27. Bruce Knops February 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Apple has been put in a very difficult situation regarding this one cell phone and the FBI. If Apple does do what the FBI wants and install this crippled operation system to this one iPhone they are undoing so much security work they have developed over the past 10 years. Many people buy these apple products due to their advanced security in their devices. But by going out of their way to help the FBI with this phone they are throwing all of that security away potentially giving themselves up and their customers up to the FBI.
    However from the FBI standpoint, people’s lives may depend on information that is stored in that phone, and if we wait too long and keep pushing this issue off it could cost people their lives. For example, what if the attackers were communicating with officials from ISIS planning future attacks on America or other nations. Or if they were feeding information to ISIS exposing our infrastructure and cities to these terrorists. If the FBI could get into the phone and see these conversations then they could be on the lookout for these future attacks, knowing their locations and possible people involved and prevent them from ever happening.
    The real issue here however is the fact that even if apple does comply with the FBI and do as they request, they still may not be able to get into this phone and get the information from it. I understand that apple is just trying to sell their product and one of the selling points that they offer is their security. However in my opinion, it is very irresponsible of apple to make it so absolutely no one can get into the phone unless if they have the passcode, and no one has a record of the passcodes. Apple knows that there are situations where authorities need to access phones because they have been ordered to unlock people’s phones in the past. So why would they make a system that even they can’t gain access to. To me this is a slap in the face to the FBI and federal government because right now they really don’t have control over the situation.
    Going forward, if I was the FBI I would pass legislation requiring apple and other device makers to ensure that they can somehow access information if the federal government demands it. One way of doing this would be to keep a record of every iPhone’s passcode and keep them all in an encrypted database held by apple. This way the government cannot just go into anyone’s phone, they must obtain a warrant and go to apple or whatever company that has the information and the company will unlock the device using the passcode they have on file for the device. The only flaw in this would be if the person was not connected to the internet when they change the password making them unable to update the password in apple’s database. In order to counter this apple could make it so the passcode can only be changed when the user is connected to the internet in order to allow them to update their database.
    Regarding the issue at hand however, if I were apple I would bite the bullet and do as the FBI requests. I really don’t think that Apple want blood on their hand if information in the phone leads to deaths in the future because of their inaction. Furthermore, Apple is still not even giving the FBI access to the phone if they do comply, they are just making it more likely for the FBI to obtain the information as the article points out. The final reason that I feel that Apple should comply is because it is only one phone in one very destructive deadly case and a lot of information is at risk in this investigation that could help the FBI find and aren’t potential terrorists and preventing future terror attacks.

  28. Kevin Lourenco February 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

    Recently, one of the biggest topics taking the media by storm is privacy. Essentially, that is what this article is about. The FBI wants Apple to create a software to eliminate specific security protections they had built into their latest software. In addition, this software helps protect their customers from having anyone retrieve the data on their phone. Furthermore, the FBI believe that with access to the data on the phone of one of the San Bernardino suspects, it could help them gain rather important information about the case. This has been an on-going debate, should Apple comply with the FBI to create a new software that will open the door to all phones, or should they protect the privacy of their customers?
    The way I see it, is that both parties have good reasoning for their intentions. The FBI believes that the information missing on the San Bernardino case is in suspect Farook’s phone. The FBI wants justice, and has reason to believe that this suspect is threatening to society. That being said, they want the right information to put this man away for life. However, with the security software on Farook’s IPhone, as well as all IPhones manufactured with this software, the FBI cannot gain access to the phone. This is the mere reason why the FBI is asking Apple for their cooperation, to create this software that will ultimately crack the protecting software they contain now. The issue with complying with FBI is that once this software is created it leaves all others containing an IPhone vulnerable to being hacked.
    Apple had initially created this software to ensure protection of their private information. According to the article, this software contains two main factors that contribute to the protection of someone’s IPhone. First, the phone contains a user-enabled function that restrains the number of times someone can try before the passcode gets erased. In addition, the data on the individual’s phone does not get erased, but the device cannot be decrypted, making the data inaccessible. The second feature that ensures protection against any hackers are the time delays. Each time someone enters a password, it takes roughly 80 milliseconds for the device to process that password and determine if it is correct. In addition, during that time period of 80 milliseconds, the device prevents the user from entering another password. This feature may not seem effective, but it is. It prolongs the amount of time it takes to unlock the device. Creating the software that the FBI needs to unlock Farook’s phone is simply contradicting. First, you produce a software that is safe and reliable, keeping customers happy. But now you want to create another software, potentially putting all your customers at risk of being hacked. I’m sure this will a huge incentive to lose business and customers. It shows no authenticity and integrity from Apple. I am huge fan of the Apple products and the company itself. However, I am bigger fan of my privacy.
    I do understand the FBI’s reasoning for this. Their sole duty is to protect the people of America from anyone who may be seen as a threat to society. They are just trying to ensure that an incident such as the San Bernardino one does not happen again, just as Apple is trying to protect its customers from hackers across the world. However, the FBI has to find another alternative, or come into some kind of an agreement with Apple to ensure that the customers are not at risk of being hacked. That being said, hopefully Apple can assist the FBI without going against their policy, to keep people’s data private while keeping dangerous people off the streets.

  29. KoL Unger February 26, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    The issue of privacy is often mentioned in conjunction with the prevention of terrorism. The government argues that it is necessary for the people to give up some of their freedom for their own safety. However, the level of freedom that was demanded a decade ago has increased and can only be foreseen to increase even more. Handing over our privacy gives the government an enormous amount of power, perhaps more than we want. The current case of the FBI demanding Apple to hack an iPhone brings this issue into the light. Excluding our own minds, our phones probably possess the most intimate and personal details of our lives. Now imagine giving these details over to the FBI. Scary, huh? Here’s something scarier. The FBI has been after Apple to create a backdoor entrance explicitly for the FBI’s use. If this is granted in this court hearing, it sets the precedent for other countries in which Apple operates, which is most major countries, to demand the same entrance. For instance, the Chinese government would then be given that same access to all the personal details you keep on your phone. Yet all this must be considered in the context of whose phone the FBI is asking Apple to hack. This is the phone of Syed Farook, the suspected terrorist in the San Bernardino shootings. Fourteen people died and twenty-two were injured – a gross injustice. The FBI is requesting access to this phone in order to right the wrong that occurred in whatever capacity they can.

    However, does the particular case that this is being pursued in justify the future repercussions that are bound to follow? As Americans we have been struggling to maintain the freedoms and rights we still have. We can’t just give that all away, causing irreparable damages on the effort to protect our privacy. Not only will the government move towards a Big Brother type model, but the ability to invade our privacy will be given to Apple as well. If Apple takes the actions demanded by the FBI, they will then possess the power to hack each and every one of its customers.

    There is also the issue of what the position the government is placing Apple in. The FBI would be using Apple to spy on U.S. citizens, of which Apple does not want to be a part of. As well, the task the FBI is asking of Apple would require an enormous amount of man hours, drawing away from the business’s work and profits. It also is a direct setback of all the progress in security that Apple has worked hard to achieve. With each model, more and more layers of encryption and security are added. In order to hack Farook’s iPhone, Apple would have to great a software that would circumvent and destroy all of the security measures it had just put in place, nullifying their hard work.

    I don’t think that anyone would have an issue of the FBI’s one-off time of hacking an iPhone in order to establish some level of justice in regards to the San Bernardino shooting. A graphically terrible incident happened, and everyone would like to see it resolved. Nevertheless, the fact remains that this would not be a onetime scenario. If the FBI is given the ability by Apple to enter into iPhone, all of our privacy is tossed out the window. Even if this issue alone does not disturb someone enough, it would then allow for many other countries to be given this same privilege. Surely the FBI must have another way of getting what they need without gaining access to this iPhone. The pursuant effects of allowing this to happen would just be too great.

  30. kalenga kitenge February 26, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    The FBI wants to get into this phone, because this phone was used by the shooter in San Bernardino, the individual used a password that if entered incorrectly 10 times, the phone will be cleared. I understand that the reason why the government wants Apple to unlock phones is for their national protection for the country and the citizens; the government wants to keep the country safe from terrorists and other dangerous individuals. I understand that unlocking people’s phones is a way for the government to know what we are doing and control our actions. I understand that if the government knows what we are doing, they can easily control our action therefore we are unable to harm others or the country. They are doing it for the good of everyone; however, I completely disagree with the way they are going at it. The government has no right to know every detail of our life; the government has right to take away our first amendment, they do not have the right to take away our freedom and use it for their own. Apple is right in not giving them the right to our phones, Apple should not be allowed to give away their consumers information to the government, this is because people do not buy apple products for the government to get all their information, people buy apple products because they want to save their information somewhere and they want that information to be protected. Handing over our privacy to the government gives the government enormous amount of power; this is because our phones hold so much intimate and person detail of our lives. Apple should protect their consumers, they should protect their consumer’s information and they should protect their consumer’s security and pride from the government. If apple gives away their consumer’s information than the government will know every aspect of our lives and that is not right! We will have no privacy. This is because everything we do the government is watching us for example if we go for a run, go to work, go to the stores, everything! If apple gives away our information then the government will know what information we keep on our phones. The government should found another way to get our information; the government should do something else instead of asking for apple to unlock our phones. This way we have the freedom to use our phones and have privacy, this way we will not have the fear that the government is watching and knowing everything we do on our phones. If the apple creates a backdoor for the FBI use only, then what is stopping other countries to do the some thing and asking apple to create a backdoor for their countries intelligence. In this instance it will create a war against the elite and the public mass, this is because the elite of every country will have the power to do what they wish to get information without the permission of the people, the people have no say in this action and are unable to show their power.

  31. Sheikh Elahi February 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    Apples battle with the FBI has stirred up a lot of debate in today’s society. It seems that today in the media, people are making claims without actually knowing the whole story. It seems that this new FBI battle with Apple is attracting many people’s opinions. And most people who are not fully educated on the issue side with the FBI without knowing the facts. After the attack on December 2, 2015, the government was given a green light to raid the shooters house, and search through all of their stuff. However, when it comes to the shooters iPhone with a pass-code on it, Apple disagrees to open it. They use the excuse of “protecting the user’s privacy” but the issue is much larger than protecting one person’s privacy.
    I believe that in this certain case, Apple is correct in not unlocking the iPhone for the government. If the government would want this particular phone unlocked, I would have no issue with that. However, considering they want access to all phones I completely disagree. Privacy is already a big concern considering its beginning to disappear. The 4th amendment of the constitution clearly states, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the places to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This law was made in order to keep the government from invading our lives and our privacy. In my opinion giving the FBI access to people’s phone history, text messages, emails, etc. just seems like an invasion of privacy. The most common misconception with this case is that people believe FBI are only asking for the shooters phones. They are asking for access to all iPhone’s. Is it legal for the government to tap our phone calls? I do not understand the debate in this case. Giving access to that many phones is a crime, and should stay a crime.
    Privacy is beginning to diminish as technology advances. It is becoming easier for people to monitor exactly what we are doing on our phones, computers, etc. If the government asks Apple to give them access to a backdoor through their company, Apple has the right to not comply. This very brave stance from Apple is backed by the constitution, because Apple has the responsibility to provide privacy for their consumers.
    All in all, in my opinion, Apples brave stance to deny the United States government access to the shooters phone displays how important privacy is today. Privacy is very limited, and we need to save what we have. Apple is afraid that if they give the access to the iPhone, the U.S government will end up abusing that power.

  32. Alyson Tom February 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    When I heard about how Apple refused to make a “master key” to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s phones, I initially had a hard time understanding why they wouldn’t. However after reading numerous articles, I grew to understand Apple and their stance in this argument. Today, smartphones have the capacity and ability to hold all sorts of important information. In early December 2015, there was a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. With 14 people killed and 21 people injured, this case has been a critical one. As the two suspects have pledged an allegiance to ISIS, the FBI has declared this an act of terrorism. Due to the urgency and fear of an increase in future attacks, the FBI has requested for Apple to help with unlocking the suspect’s phones to gather more information. However, the FBI is asking for more than just that. In fact, they’re asking Apple for a software that acts as a master key to help unlock all locked apple devices. The software wouldn’t automatically unlock the phone but more as get rid of the penalty of additional time for guessing wrong.
    The government is asking a lot from Apple. The government wants Apple to create a dangerous software to overlook security codes. This software is incredibly valuable as it has the power to be used for both good and bad. There are many groups and people who would love to get their hands on this and if Apple were to make this software, the company would be subjected to hackers and threats in order to get access to this program. It’s important to remember that Apple is not only used in the United States but in many other countries as well. If Apple were to create this software for the United States, it would pretty much have to allow other international governments have access to this as well. Would we really want other countries to have this program? If so many governments were to have access to this program than it would be harder for Apple to keep it secure.
    The government is crossing the line and overruling our right to privacy if they were allowed to have unlimited access to anyone’s phones. Especially in today’s society, the government already has access to practically everything. From our phone calls to emails, they have the power and ability to access our lives. They go through our personal information for the greater good of the country. I know that I have nothing that the government would be interested in but personally I do not think that Apple should give into the FBI’s demands. In the past they have unlocked phones to help with cases. I believe that Apple can do that for this case. Creating a software that can ultimately allow the FBI to unlock all phones is giving the government too much power.

  33. Stephanie Nwaiwu February 26, 2016 at 8:58 pm #

    Syed Farook, a 28 year old man and his wife Tashfeen Malik, walked into Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino, California and murdered 14 people at a holiday party taking place. It was the worst attack since Sandy Hook in 2012 and the FBI is determined to go by any means to find answers and get justice for the victims family. But to do that, they must leave no stone unturned. The biggest stone to unturn is Syed’s cell phone. The FBI has tried, and failed to unlock his phone and in turn asked Apple to release the data on his phone. Apple agreed, and opened up his phone allowing the FBI to access the data. But that is not where the discussion lies. It lies in the fact that now the FBI wants Apple to create software that would go into all phones, allowing the FBI to access any iPhone on the planet. Essentially a backdoor. Apple has refused and many stand with that, because they believe it is a huge breach of privacy and many people don’t want the government to have access to their phone. But for other’s especially considering the situation we are in now, it is a huge blockade to the closure they need and deserve. As well as for other families in the past, present, and future who could use software like this to bring the victims families justice. With the huge privacy debate just getting bigger and bigger we need to look back at why this is even a thing. With Edward Snowden’s huge revelations of the ‘spying’ that the NSA has been doing, a huge distrust of the government was developed by American’s. Heightened only by continuing breaches of privacy and other incidents in other areas of government that just paint and all around bad picture of the government in America’s eyes. But with the rise of gun-violence and home grown/domestic terrorist attacks on American soil, the thirst for information is greater than ever before. Never have we been challenged by so many different means to get information on so many different platforms. The FBI’s job is to keep us safe, and it is hard to do that when so many different barriers in the way. While at first this was simply a information thing, now it has become a personal matter. Now people’s lives are involved, families are affected and now it has become very personal to many Americans. How do you tell those people that the reason they can’t find their son’s murderer is because they can’t access information? Or that an company won’t cooperate? You can’t. Or at least you don’t want to. It becomes of challenge of wanting to do the right thing, but the right thing means different things to different people. That’s where this conversation comes to a head, because some feel like it’s a matter of privacy over anything, while some think its answers and protection over everything. But who gets the right to decide that? Is it the companies involved? The government? That’s the question the magistrate who ordered the order answered, but with the appeal by Apple this can seriously turn into a Supreme Court case than can be heard about for years to come and set a precedent when it comes to privacy cases.

  34. Christian Alvarado March 5, 2016 at 11:29 am #

    Looking at the case between Apple and the FBI is that there are problems that are going in relation with how evidence can be obtained by Apple during a potential criminal investigation. By there being difficulty in this given case, Apple has in my eyes created a conflict between themselves and law enforcement. This is significant because the way the case of the San Bernardino shooter was handled in my opinion is something that is going to change the way how a criminal investigation works based on their being evidence with cell phones. I believe by reading the article that there needs to be some changes with the security features between iPhone 5c and the way Apple programs it. This in turn will create criminal investigations where a cell phone can be used to interpret evidence is an area that Apple needs to improve. I can really see as I read more of the article that issues like this were not occurring on the older phones. I view this fact that I identified to be extremely important because I believe that even though the newer iPhone has more features, it is not as good as the original.

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