The Apple Case Will Grope Its Way Into Your Future

from NYTs

To understand what’s at stake in the battle between Apple and the F.B.I. over cracking open a terrorist’s smartphone, it helps to be able to predict the future of the tech industry.

For that, here’s one bet you’ll never lose money on: Digital technology always grows hungrier for more personal information, and we users nearly always accede to its demands. Today’s smartphones hold a lot of personal data — your correspondence, your photos, your location, your dignity. But tomorrow’s devices, many of which are already around in rudimentary forms, will hold a lot more.

Consider all the technologies we think we want — not just better and more useful phones, but cars that drive themselves, smart assistants you control through voice or household appliances that you can monitor and manage from afar. Many will have cameras, microphones and sensors gathering more data, and an ever more sophisticated mining effort to make sense of it all. Everyday devices will be recording and analyzing your every utterance and action.

This gets to why tech companies, not to mention we users, should fear the repercussions of the Apple case. Law enforcement officials and their supporters argue that when armed with a valid court order, the cops should never be locked out of any device that might be important in an investigation.

But if Apple is forced to break its own security to get inside a phone that it had promised users was inviolable, the supposed safety of the always-watching future starts to fall apart. If every device can monitor you, and if they can all be tapped by law enforcement officials under court order, can anyone ever have a truly private conversation? Are we building a world in which there’s no longer any room for keeping secrets?

“This case can’t be a one-time deal,” said Neil Richards, a professor at the Washington University School of Law. “This is about the future.”

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14 Responses to The Apple Case Will Grope Its Way Into Your Future

  1. wenqi zhang February 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Mobile Internet is the world in the past half a century of the fifth cycle of new technology, new technology cycle will bring enormous wealth, infrastructure, platform, application, service and content companies will gain huge wealth and interests, and will promote the development of the industry and the huge employment opportunities. But in the rapid development of mobile Internet era, risks and opportunities coexist. Mobile Internet, with its portability, mobility, personal characteristics is to provide users with more personalized and higher quality of network service, but the mobile Internet to provide users with high quality service at the same time is also expose users more privacy in the network. On the one hand, the mobile Internet to use collect user information and data mining that provide a more personalized, more high quality service; On the other hand, the user’s information is also being network operators, service providers or other businesses under the condition of user authorization or unauthorized collection and use, and exist in the personal information through the network leakage or the threat of illegal steal use, may cause serious damage to the user. Along with the popularization and development of mobile Internet users concern for personal privacy information and network security is becoming more and more high, more and more personal information and network leak caused more and more users to the privacy issues of concern and debate, and even affected the user adoption intention of mobile Internet business or services. Therefore, to better the development of mobile Internet business, we must try to solve the problem of potential behavior of mobile Internet privacy, in order to avoid due to privacy issues customers don’t want to use the mobile Internet business and service, so as to promote the development of mobile Internet is better.
    Risk information using the android open source android mobile phone software to collect user information cause information leakage is concentrated at the CCTV 315 party exposure. Scott maps, provide the guards, blue box technology such as software companies and mobile Internet advertising platform force beauty, palm broad mobile in CCTV’s survey appeared. After the CCTV exposure, Scott maps, provide the guards responded, according to survey version is used in the past, now the version has no survey questions. Scott maps also said, through clear before transmission forms and social networking platforms such as weibo and docking, and no leaks of user information. Android open source characteristics can make application decide upon boot mode and obtain the information of equipment, many application user name and password are stored in clear text mode, user information leakage risk. How to reasonable use, not abuse the user information for future mobile developers need to face for a long time. The CCTV exposure focus on the android mobile phone software problems. The Android open source feature allows application decide upon boot mode and obtain the information of equipment, many applications of user name and password are stored in plaintext. A mobile Internet investment declined to be named, he says, is due to the openness of the Google Android system itself, it will inevitably bring all sorts of problems because of the open. Apple’s iOS system or other mobile phone operating system will collect user information through the mobile phone software. The investor believes that collect user information is not illegal, consideration is use to gather information, rather than a struck down, buckle on information leakage hat.

  2. Felicia Benjamin February 26, 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    BEFORE READING, PLEASE REGARD THE FOLLOWING IMAGE:
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    ~ A picture is worth a thousand words~
    Advancement in technology has presented itself to be a blessing and a secretive detrimental curse. On one hand, society praises the new improvements that technology allows society to benefit from, one example being the iPhone. Unfortunately, we fail to step back and see how much we pay for what we receive. IPhones are powerful devices that enable us to do virtually anything with the selection of an icon, tap of a screen, or swipe of a lock screen. We praise its ability to store information and data that we access at an instant without considering who else may access this information. As the capabilities of technology increase, those who seek to misuse and abuse technology increase too.
    Neil Richards, Washington University Law School professor is correct in his claim that this case is “about the future’. The significance of the Apple v FBI case it that if Apple breaks open and surpasses the security on this phone then this process will become the standard and Apple will be cracking open devices left and right. If you thought you were being watched by “Big Brother” before, you will soon know for a fact that you are being watched. All your embarrassing photos, personal conversations, and personal information will be on display at the beck and call of a warrant, assuming that one is even needed. The government, hackers, or any wealthy consumer can be watching your personal daily actions, and you may not even be aware its happening.
    Reflecting on personal behavior, I tend to truly be myself in comfortable situations where I do not feel as though I am being tested, challenged, or watched. Yes, challenging situations are beneficial for fostering growth, but comfortable and secure environments are also necessary environments for personal growth. Innovation requires a problem, as well as a creative bone. Essentially, if the FBI wins this case creativity, and “thinking outside of the box” will become stifled. Where would society be without Shakespeare, Jobs, Hemmingway, or any other controversial/ innovative thinker who has had a large impact on society? Passing this case in favor of the FBI would hinder the future of society. Freedom of Speech? Gone! Free space to converse? Gone too! If you felt as though you were constantly being watched, judged or criticized how much do you think you would have to say?
    Lastly, the most controversial issue that arises, and the fundamental problem of the case, that the article does not address pertains to the issue that if Apple develops a way to hack its own security system, what will prevent more dangerous hackers from doing the same? First it’s the FBI, then it is the hackers, and next it is other countries. Once you open the door, it cannot be shut. Once you crack the system, Apple will need to develop a new one. This may be difficult considering the fact that it is over 9 generations strong, building upon the specs of each previous generation.
    On the surface, the FBI’s intentions are proper. They want to protect civilizations by any means necessary. This includes gathering as much information as possible, through vast strategies and efforts of data collection, but I wonder if they have considered the repercussions this request can potentially have on the future. It seems as though they believe this will be a onetime occurrence. In reality will this only happen this once, or will this become the norm of surveillance and data retrieval. If we continue along this path, it won’t be long until someone can hack into your phone to delete data, perform unauthorized contact with others, and effectively use your cellular device/personal data/connections not only monitor you, but also ruin your life.

  3. Kevin Lourenco February 26, 2016 at 7:55 pm #

    It is becoming more and more evident how serious this case involving the FBI and Apple is, and the repercussions that are coming with it. This case is ultimately about the FBI gaining access to a suspect of the San Bernardino attacks phone because they believe the phone contains valuable information that can prove this man is guilty. However, the FBI is unable to hack the suspect’s IPhone due to the protective software that Apple has designed for it. The software that Apple has designed ensures that all data on the customer’s IPhone is protected and secure from being hacked and exposed. Furthermore, this software created by Apple can only be withdrawn with the creation of another software. That being said, the FBI wants Apple to create a new software that will essentially remove the protective software allowing them easier access to the suspect’s phone. The only problem is once the software is cracked for one IPhone, it will be cracked for all, leaving all IPhone owners susceptible to being hacked. This has stirred up quite a pot over the past few weeks, and it looks like other factors are coming along with it.
    Apple created a protective software for its customers to keep their data private. Should Apple comply with the FBI in breaking its own security system, imagine what else is to come. This would completely diminish the point of creating a secure, protective software in the first place. In other words, if the FBI can tap Apple products, you be able to tap anything. With the ability and permission to hack into various technological devices, how can individuals’ lives truly be kept private?
    We live in a world today where technology is a huge part of our lives. Each and every day technological advancements are being made. As people, we love these advancements because we believe they are convenient. If we need information of some sort, it’s all within the touch of a screen. Yes, this a good thing, however, as the technological advancements grow, so does are hunger for new ones. Furthermore, and our hunger for these different technologies is an incentive for these tech companies to create the next best thing. The author of the article expresses this by saying, “Today’s smartphones hold a lot of personal data — your correspondence, your photos, your location, your dignity. But tomorrow’s devices, many of which are already around in rudimentary forms, will hold a lot more.” If we look at most of the technologies that are evolving for the better, most of them contain some type of camera, microphone, and/or sensor collecting information and data. If you put this into perspective, at any given point we will be constantly recorded. Furthermore, this is why this case is very relevant. Should Apple crack its own security software, this will establish precedence to hack into all future technologies.
    Essentially, this will directly affect the privacy of people across the nation. We will never be able to do anything without being watched. This is definitely a world I do not want to be a part of. As stated in the article, “what we really need is to make sure that the Internet of things does not turn into the Internet of surveillance.” In addition, that is what could, and very well may, happen if Apple decides to cooperate with FBI. Privacy as we know it, will be gone.

  4. Gerry Kiruthu February 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    What’s at stake with the Apple suit is more than most consumers are aware of. The piece of information that is not very consoling to a consumer or user, as the author says, is that “digital technology always grows hungrier” for everything starting with personal information with how our smartphones hold all our data from photos, documents, contacts, and our location at every moment. This is important and should make every user and consumer cautious because we are willingly giving out this information from the time of initial purchase of a device, to its setup, to the applications that we download on the devices and every update after that. For those who own Apple products for example, we have to accept the terms and conditions to move forward with the setup and installation. If not, we would have spent however much money for nothing. The argument can be that if we do not agree, then we can choose not to use the device or return it to get our money back but there are some serious implications when that becomes the case. Because technology is meant to make the world around us easier to navigate, the world of business, education, government among others revolves around technology and how it makes things simpler. This means that if one works for a successful corporation or institution, or any type of work in general, they would have to adhere to these terms and conditions that the devices and programs require you to in order to use them. Refusing to do so will mean that the employee is at risk of being inefficient and inadequate at their job. The implications in upcoming years are extending to technologies that we currently think we have control over. Vehicles for example can currently tell you where home is and they can give you directions there; all you have to do is drive yourself there. Now, technology is being created and tested to the point where the car will not only know where you live, but will drive you there instead. In the coming years automated driving is set to spike, and so are automated household appliances and smart assistants, many of which will have voice recognition, cameras and GPS capabilities. This only means that servers are going to store even more personal data.

    The current suit is fighting for the law enforcement’s ability to access any device belonging to an individual under investigation under a court order. In previous studies, it has been shown that once law enforcement shows probable cause, they can request a court order or warrant to search a suspect’s property in question and it will be granted almost every time by the judge. This is important for users and developers alike to be aware of because this grants law enforcement privileges that violate our right to privacy like our devices being tapped into. The author traces this type of invasive action law suits proposed by the FBI back to as long as ten years ago which the FBI lost, but only by a very small margin. It is clear that with time, we are all in danger of the federal law enforcement agencies finding a way into our personal lives with or without our permission. As we move on, the author also gives insight on what employers and insurance companies, for example, might do with this kind of invasive technology. We will be required to “wear health tracking devices” which may seem as a very efficient way for them, but incredible invasive to us. As with things in our world today, we are always in search of more depth and growth to make things better; to improve. Technology aims to do the same thing but the path taken requires us to give ourselves up unknowingly, but willingly at the same time. Technological advances in cellular communication devices and computers “were once an indulgence; then, as more people began to use them, they became inescapable.” Where will it take us to and push as a society?

  5. Christie Stango February 28, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    In an article I just recently blogged on regarding the advanced changes in technology, I agree with the comment this article stated about how mobile devices hold a ton of personal data, and with the increase in technology updates the means of personal information will increase even further. For example, location accuracy will be more advanced, but what about the security of iPhones? Going from an iPhone 4 to and iPhone 6s I was updated to the fingerprint lock screen and iPhones also contain a setting that will erase all of your information if someone were to input a wrong password after a certain amount of times. It’s crazy to think about how much more advanced this generations mobile devices will grow and how the government for that matter will be able to monitor such advanced forms of technology. The article brought up the topic of driverless cars, and to highlight again from the previous article I blogged about regarding 5G data, it talked about implementing 5G sensors into the road to that could instantly relay information back to your car about an accident that occurred close by that way the driverless car is aware quicker and can brake earlier to avoid any other accidents. Technology will be taking over as soon as we know it, and it is almost scary to think that it can control, record, and analyze a humans actions so accurately and easily (once invented).

    As far as the Apple vs FBI case, I 100% agree that the cops and the court should be able to use technology (such as cellphones) as evidence during an investigation. But it does stop and make you think that if this type of security can be accessed, and certain moves you make can technically be monitored in some form by the law, how are people going to truly feel like they are obtaining their privacy? Can we trust the law to only use this form of wiretapping for legal matters? Writing this article now on my laptop I am currently scanning it particularly focusing in on my video camera at the top of my screen. For all I know my privacy could be eroded and censored right as I’m typing.

    I also agree with Mr. Soghoian when he states that the apple case will ultimately set a precedent for similar legal cases to follow, such as Amazon. In a previous discussion board I once wrote about the privacy policies businesses have to follow. I learned that employees have privacy over there personal accounts while at work, but what if the FBI was suspicious of a certain employee and their personal email while at work? What if they hack into their email and take away this privacy and don’t find any supporting evidence for the case? Will the employee ever know that they did this? These are all questions that run through my mind if a situation like that were to occur. It does make me worry for the future that companies could potentially conspire with the FBI and implant “roving bugs” into personal aspects of my life. Even if they created a law that protects people from this, who says that under “certain circumstances”, the FBI may need to exploit these measures, just like they are doing with the Apple case. I know for myself that technology as a whole is inescapable for me; I use it in every aspect of my life, so to opt out these things would be hard to adjust for me. For example, if I couldn’t use my smartphone to use as a navigation system, I would be forced to use a map which would be completely foreign to me. Reflecting on the final question asked in the article is a surveillance-enabled world something that we really want? – no not necessarily but living in an era that makes consumers so reliable on technology makes this dilemma inescapable.

  6. Nick M March 4, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    Technology is continuously evolving, this is a fact. Technology being used primarily to become smarter and mine personal data, however, is an opinion. I hope that this article is simply playing Devil’s advocate, because the claims that are made here are completely irrelevant and not properly accurate.

    Yes, data mining is a real thing that a lot of companies do, but for some reason people think of impractical situations when it comes to this. The article makes claims saying that as technology gets “smarter”, there will be more sensors used. This is true, however, the article goes to say that companies will use these cameras, microphones, and other sensors to collect personal information about the users. This, in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense to be worried about.

    Companies collect data from their services, but the only information these companies (such as Google) really care about collecting is metadata. This is basic, non-personal data which gives the company more info about the user. In example, there isn’t someone sitting at Google looking through all my emails making a personal portfolio about me to sell to advertising companies. However, Google implements algorithms to skim my emails for keywords, which provide them categorized information on me as a person, which is used internally to make my life easier and provide targeted ads in the future, if applicable.

    People, including the author of this article, are skeptical of the future of technology. Many people refer back to Skynet, and freak out when they’re told how smart their smartphones actually are. This ignorance of society is the fault of their own, simply saying “I agree” to everything without fully understanding what they’re agreeing to. Or, a simpler way to say it, the majority of the population is (in nicer terms) ignorant to technology because its “too complicated to understand”, when it really isn’t.

    If people had taken the time to know, or even listen, to how (in example) smartphones worked when they first came out, these issues here wouldn’t be a big issue now because everyone would’ve known about this already. But, ignorance is bliss, and the majority of the population loves to complain and be ignorant.

  7. Christian Alvarado March 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    After reading this article, I am concerned about the future of our technology. From hearing about how for example in the Apple case how they were not able to help the FBI get information on a criminal investigation for the recent shooting in California. This is significant because if our technology is not able to solve problems like this, then we as a society would grow weaker. This is an area that I am concerned about in the future. If technology is not fixed to better accommodate law enforcement, but at the same time meet the expectations of the privacy laws then there is going to be more illegal activity in the United States and there will be a lack of social order and control in our society.

  8. Ashley F March 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    The controversy surrounding the Apple case with the F.B.I. is extremely important when thinking about personal privacy and the future of technology. One major concern of mine and others surrounding this case, is if Apple does end up having to give information over to the F.B.I. by breaking into a phone that they claim is supposed to be protected for the user, then trust for the company will be lost. By having passwords to get into my Apple devices and accounts such as iCloud, I trust that my devices and information is protected just like they tell me it is. However, if they now begin turning over information to the F.B.I. this could be harmful for their brand because people may lose trust in the company and in the products. Personally, I would want Apple to give over the information to the F.B.I. in this particular circumstance if it meant that it would be keeping people safe. If this terrorists phone really holds valuable information that could prevent people from getting hurt, then I would be for this. However, I am against it when thinking about the future because just like the article mentions this would not be a one time deal. Law enforcement can begin asking for search warrants for anyone’s phone that is arrested even if they aren’t harmful to people in those circumstances and then is there even such thing as privacy anymore for anyone?

    It is kind of scary to think about the technologies that we use everyday, and how we are so fascinated by having the newest gadgets that we do not even think about or question it’s true capabilities. For example, the article mentions home thermostats that monitor when you are home or not home to keep the house at certain temperatures. Of course this seems like an amazing technology that can benefit your home, however it is important to think deeper and question how this information may be being used in other ways or if other people can get this data and know when you are out of the house and use it for things such as burglaries. Another questionable technology mentioned is the Amazon Echo. This device has voice recognition for commands, which is beneficial to the user but it is essentially recording your voice. Customers need to be mindful of the fact that the Echo can possibly be recording conversations and this can potentially be used against people if the Apple case gets passed and law enforcement begins requesting data from these companies as well. As devices continue to get “smarter” we need to question whether the features provided by them are “smart” for our privacy and us.

  9. Billy Vorrius March 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    The Apple FBI case has been a headline in many areas of the world. Our smartphones contain a lot of information from conversations to our online banking account. The FBI wants a backdoor to the phones so the federal government can tap into them, with a “court order” of course. That is absolute nonsense, considering the Patriot Act can enable the government to enable secret searches. If this case goes through combined with the Patriot Act, the government would be able to secretly tap into a cellular device or smart device whenever they want, and the owner of the device would not even know it. Furthermore, the blog had explained that this is a new era; it is a new day in age where technology is a part of our everyday lives. Even if we do not have thermostats connected to the internet, even if we don’t have cameras in our homes, our smartphones can potentially tapped into if this case goes through. The government can already legally tap into a locked phone via the Patriot Act. However, it would take many years t go through all of the combinations. The more characters in a pass code, the longer it takes. The FBI wants to disable certain features such as the auto-erase feature, which erases all of the information on the phone. They want all of these features disabled in the next iOS update, meaning everyone will have it. When it comes down to it, terrorism is our biggest global threat. The individuals in this country who have something to hide obviously are against the FBI and this court order. Yes, there are some major ethical problems with the government tapping into our phones. However, given that pass codes take a long time to decipher, the FBI is only going to target suspected individuals, mostly ones relating to terrorism. Even with the “master key” the government still has to crack the code if they are willing to get into the phone.The only disturbing part about this request is that the government wants electronic access to the devices, meaning they can electronically crack a pass code. This should not be the case, because now they can target others who are not considered “suspects”. If this part passes, there will be an uproar and disgrace for Apple. For being such a notorious business, Apple cannot let this proposal pass, since they are selling in foreign countries as well. Foreign countries most likely have less security than ours, meaning that other countries will be able to tap into any phones electronically. This will create an abundant amount of conflict for the company as well as Apple users.
    I believe the government should have every right to tap into a phone that involves terrorism. However, I believe the electronic and wireless route of tapping into phones should not be passed. If the government has the knowledge that certain people are suspects, the FBI should be able to tap into their phone physically and can find proof if the potential terrorist is guilty or not. This can be beneficial to the people of our country and their safety. Nevertheless, a foreign conflict could occur because foreign countries are technically allowed to ask for this access as well. If this is a possibility, then the court order should be dismissed.

  10. Li You March 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm #

    In this article I feel privacy as an important personal right, its essence to safeguard the personal freedom and personality dignity. The concept of privacy has been become more and more popular right now. So the protection of privacy become universal consensus on the legal issues. But the limitation on the privacy and the infringement, are also growing. Along with the development of high-tech, such as pinhole camera, remote camera, mini recording equipment, miniature bug, telescope at high magnification, the emergence of satellite positioning technology, the science fiction on the fly said to bind the recording, video recording equipment technology today has become a reality, personal privacy cannot hide in some where all the time. And is under unprecedented serious threat. With the development of Internet technology, online collection and storage of personal information becomes very easy. And, once the individual information have been spread, the range will be infinite, and the consequences Will be unimaginable. Then I did some research, the Froomkin professor of university Miami wrote that “The Death of Privacy”. In this article he said that the daily information collection, increase of automatic monitoring in public places, and to identify facial features of technology, to phone hacking, auto tracking, satellite positioning monitoring, tracking, workplace monitoring, Internet on computer hardware device monitoring facilities, infrared scanning, distance pictures, through The body scan, etc. The development of modern technology has made people nowhere to hide, he sighs “Privacy is dead”, and thus calling for a law to further strengthen have the protection of Privacy. I think this could be a side effect of advanced technology. It also shows why privacy in the modern society is so important. Visible, it is not only the problems of American society, that’s why we have to face a new challenge in the future.
    Nevertheless no privacy, no real freedom. The first is private life peace. Everyone should have the right to have a happy life. And then it can lead a peaceful life, not illegal to disturb others. The second is communications privacy. In an information society. The information technology has been developing rapidly, now almost every adult has a mobile phone.Eeven the world’s mobile phone number has been far beyond the size of population, many phone calls and even for hours every day. But modern technology made hacking, intercept method is extremely rich. Once the cellphone is illegal surveillance, which will make people are in a state of the monitored, also cannot guarantee freedom. Best-selling British tabloid news of the world who hire a person hack into a killed girl phone’s voice mail, and delete some information, which was obstruct the police to investigate the disappearance of the girl, constitute a major violation of privacy of the victim. The scandal has shocked the world. Third is the Internet communication privacy. The Internet brings us great convenience, modern society more than five hundred million Internet users in China, many Internet users often for various forms of communication on the Internet, chat through the Internet dating, love, etc. Each emotion, these communication record once was stolen, also can cause violation of personal privacy. What’s more, if released to others without authorization nude on the net, disclose privacy, their consequences unimaginable. Finally, the privacy is one important area of freedom, can say, no privacy, no real freedom. People have the right to the pursuit of happiness life, but personal life peace and freedom is an important part of the personal pursuit of happiness life, personal life more peaceful, just also the more orderly society, the condition of harmonious coexistence between people might be able to form. Privacy to respect every one’s private life peace and private life is not illegal to disturb by others, and people enjoy the peaceful life, not only is the important content of happy life, and interpersonal harmony and order of course requirements. Through respect and protect the privacy of others, is to respect others way of life, respect for the dignity of others, don’t disturb the private life of others, to form a harmonious friendly relationships.

  11. Anthony Scotti March 10, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Each week this apple case is expanding and more people are starting to hear about it as time goes on. We know what this terrorist mission was obviously but he may have done something worse than just committing murder. With him now dead the FBI wants access to the cellphone of the terrorist. But the problem here is there is a lock on his iphone and the cops want into this. Doing this though Apple will have to create a new software into its program and basically hack its own company. The problem with going on with this is once the software is out and once word gets out that the FBI forced the issue for Apple to create a new software, then the rest of the world can get there hands on that some software and make the world a much more dangerous place than it already is at the moment. It is a very high risk if apple will be forced to go through with this. If this software was to get out to the world who knows what it will do to us as a country, We will have no privacy to our selves which would be the keast of our problems if that was to happen. The real issue would be if countrys were to get there hands on military weapons for example maybe nucleur launch codes or other private United states security information that is very important to us. IF Apple was to go through with creating a software, the cops wont specifically just want it for this case they are going to what it for future cases also. If this new idea of creating a software was to go through we would no longer have any privacy of citizens of the united states. We would have someone monotring every move that we make on our phone and wouldn’t be able to keep our personal lifes secure. They can also get into our emails, personal banking accounts and so on, but who knows they can be doing this already without us even knowing. For me I think privacy is a very big issue, and I know people have lost loved ones due to this terrorist ttack but for the safety and the future of the Unites States I think it will be best for Apple not to create the new software but soon to be it wont be up to them whether or no they want to create it, they most likely will end up being forced to create this software against their own will and then it will create even more problems in the future for us. It is a very scary thing what technology can do to us in this generation. By the click of an app on your phone or clicking a link on your email someone can find out everything about you just like that without you even knowing. That’s why I think it is important that Apple does not create this software for the cops.

  12. kalenga kitenge March 11, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    This case is growing by the minute and everyday people are getting to know more about the case and how it affects them. In this case the FBI wants a phone from an individual (who is currently died) that has committed murder and planned a terrorist mission. The FBI wants his phones because they believe that on that phone there is information that could help the FBI track down other terrorist and terrorist mission. However the reason for the case is that the phone is locked and the FBI is unable to lock it. They want Apple to unlock it and create software that is easier to unlock phones. However, Apple refused to unlock the phone. The Apple Case is changing our minds to the mobile industry; this is because it has become a case between the individuals and the elites (the FBIs). The case is really about the information of individuals, should the FBI really have the power to get information from Individuals without consent? Should we offer the information that is considered so dear to us to the FBI? If the FBI gets a hold of our information doesn’t that damage our first amendment? This case is truly going its way into the future for this generation, the next generation and it goes on. Why this case will be seen so important in the future, is because has humans we are multiplying causing an increase in the demand of phones. A growing demand of phones will mean more information will be held on phones, so should the FBI have the control of the futures peoples information? Should they have control over a person’s identity? Nowadays, your phone is your identity, as the article states so clearly “Today’s smartphones hold a lot of personal data — your correspondence, your photos, your location, your dignity. But tomorrow’s devices, many of which are already around in rudimentary forms, will hold a lot more.” The mobile industry is a growing industry; its always producing new ideas and new ways of life, the new technology of today brings enormous wealth, platform and infrastructure to companies and individuals. The mobile industry promotes huge employment opportunities; the development of other industry and it helps human beings to be effective and active in their daily life. However, the rapid development comes with the risks and opportunities of other individuals to cause harm to other. The use of a phone can bring some much damage to the world, it can keep terrorist information away from the government, it can help terrorist plan events in the future, it can even crash down and blackout a small area. These activities are definitely a treat to the national interest for the society. In my opinion, I think that Apple should not give over people’s phone information, this is because firstly what we keep on our phone is private, and it is our identity. We hold so much of our life on that device and it should not be given to the FBI. Secondly I believe that if Apple does give away the information to FBI than they are losing their customers trust. We bought their product because we trusted the company to not hurt us or give away our information. If apple does do this than apple’s customer loyalty will go down. Thirdly I believe that it damages our right of freedom, if apple gives away our information than we are not free, we are always under the eye of the FBI, this should not happen, Apple should keep our information private and away from the FBI.

  13. Imani Broadway March 11, 2016 at 8:49 pm #

    Apple currently has ongoing problems dealing with the F.B.I about cracking open a terrorist iPhone. Which of course Apple does not agree with because of their privacy rules and they had also made a promise to all of their users that this act was inviolable. By forcing Apple to do this could lead to future problems with privacy and technology.
    In a statement made by director of the F.B.I James B Comey Jr. he says “We simply want the chance, with a search warrant, to try to guess the terrorist’s passcode without the phone essentially self-destruction and without it taking a decade to guess correctly. That’s it.” Which sounds like a very simple request when wanting to acquire information that can possibly stop future terrorist attacks, and help with evidence that may be needed for the terrorist they are currently looking into. If Apple is forced to break this privacy promise it can lead to allowing the law enforcements to have access to always monitoring smartphone user’s phones.
    Farhad Manjoo is the author of this article and he starts off by talking about the technology we have now and how it is only going to get more advanced and more than likely lead to less privacy. He mentions how everyone wants to have better and more useful technology such self-driving cars, smart assistants that you are able to control by just your voice, and any household appliances you can manage being far away. I know of commercial for a household security system that allows you to see when someone walks in your house. During the commercial they show a scene of a young girl walking in the house and waving towards the camera because her mom is at work watching her walk in from school from her computer. When I first saw the commercial I thought it was cool and slightly creepy because it is good knowing your child got in the house safely but having your parents be able to watch almost all your moves while their away is a little too much. Also knowing what I know now about how easy it is hack into almost anything that can be a safety hazard. If someone was to hack the camera access they too would be able to see your every move and that would defeat the purpose of the security system. Manjoo makes a statement saying “Everyday devices will be recording and analyzing your every utterance and action.” Which I believe many of our everyday devices now already do such a thing.
    Anyone who owns an iPhone knows or should know that the smartphone stores just about everywhere you have visited. One way to know notice this is in the camera roll and after you take a picture it stores in your phone as the date, time, and place it was taken. This actual comes off very cool that now along with the memory of the picture you now know the exact date and place of where and when the memory took place. The downside is that our phones are now basically tracking our every move unnecessarily. The iPhone also contains Siri and you can ask her just about anything whether it is a general question or for her to make a call for you. Siri is similar to Amazons device called Echo, it is described as “listening to your household conversations to try to offer you friendly help.” The problem that connected with Echo is that it saves peoples voice, making Amazon make the statement saying “it keeps voice recordings only to help the system learn to better understand you.” Which I personally see no problem with holding voice recordings because if that is a problem then Apple should stop tracking our location. As Manjoo brought up the point about everyday devices I believe on top of the deceives that already do such, next we will be able to speak to our houses front doors and tell them when to open and close on command.

  14. Michelle Iacono April 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

    When I first saw another article about Apple and the FBI I was tempted to avoid it because there is so much I don’t understand and don’t really have a strong opinion on. I really have so many mixed feelings on the topic and have not read enough to formulate a strong opinion for either side. This article attracted me because it mentions it affecting my life and my future. It helped me see a different perspective and understand what the real issue is At what point can we still feel protected in our own homes and using our own phones during what we hope is a private conversation. Who can we trust to secure our privacy when it can be so easily exposed. I truly do believe that the outcome of this case will set a precedent for the future. I truly do NOT believe this will be a one time invasion of privacy and this can lead to a shaky future where privacy becomes a thing of the past.

    As I mentioned, in general I can see the FBI’s angle. Their aim is to get information about a crime and stop future incidents at the same time. Shouldn’t we do anything and everything we can do arm ourselves against these attacks and better protect our country? Shouldn’t we want to get as much information as possible and insight to their crazy, evil world in order to be prepared and better protect ourselves? But once that door is opened, instead of walking quietly through, we may have opened the floodgates to what might be a tidal wave.

    Technology, like so many other great things in life, is a double edged sword. It has saved us time, energy, money and has helped make life so much easier. But as we all know, nothing in life is free. Everything comes with a price and that price is not always monetary. The price we are paying for this quick advancing technology is privacy. Every time we “log in”, make a phone call, or go online and surf the web, we open ourselves to the cyber world which has millions of “eyes” everywhere. In this case, we would hope that our smartphones hold our private information in our hands and only our hands. The outcome of this case will definitely affect our future and we need to be fully aware of the consequences. We need to ask ourselves if we are willing to sacrifice our most private thoughts, words and secrets and live in a world where surveillance is accepted and our privacy removed forever. There will be no turning back.

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