Digital Dilemma: Apple vs. FBI

If Apple gives the FBI a software that allows them to bypass security, Apple fears their customers privacy are at a foreshadowed risk. 


What do you think Apple should do? By creating such software, the US could potentially solve a bigger problem. How does this affect digital users everywhere? Where do you side?

At ANDesign Lab, we believe in the right to digital privacy.

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Here are the facts :

An 18-minute gap remains unknown in the timeline leading up to the San Bernardino shooting this past winter (Dec. 2, 2015). The shooter, a government health inspector, was provided an iPhone by San Bernardino County that could potentially tell us those missing whereabouts.

The Justice Department is asking Apple only to help unlock the phone used by the shooter. The company has been ordered to create and provide the FBI with a software program that would allow investigators to evade built-in security and data-lock defenses…the part where you lock yourself out of your phone for messing up your password too many times. 

However, Apple purposely created the software security to delete all data after 10 failed attempts. The software is looking to include a unique identifier so that it can’t be used to unlock other iPhones.

Not even Apple can unlock a phone without deleting data.

But it’s unclear how readily the software could be adapted to work against other phones, and the FBI would likely share its new tool with other U.S. intelligence agencies.

Apple is a leading global brand; this could even help foreign allies investigating global terrorism, but the lack of cooperation is diminishing government hope. Apple is keen to maintaining great customer relationship management by placing the right to privacy over the demands of the federal government.

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Our thoughts :

The long foreseen battle between the government and Apple has been long in the process. As innovative of a company, Apple is always facing legal combat.

Currently, and their most pervasive legality yet, this FBI investigation is obliging Apple into unlocking the iPhone used by the attacker.

Since expected to have coordinated the 14-death attack with the help of a well known terrorist organization, the attacker’s phone is key to uncovering bigger issues, according to authorities.

The FBI argues the suspect’s phone is crucial to finding more about the terrorist organization’s activity.

Apple has been mandated to obey judicial orders compelling their compliance with helping the FBI. The proposed software would allow the FBI to run millions of combinations of passwords on the phone until they hit the passcode.

With no prior precedence, or legal case to base this particular hearing off of, we can expect extensive legal debate from both sides.

With the recent death of a Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, this case is only going to get muddier and much longer to resolve.

As a blogger (most of us, one way or another) in the digital age, this is an important issue to dissect. Digital privacy, both from government and public, is a driving factor for Apple’s decision to hold out. Until there is a manner to unlock one specific iPhone without the repercussion of other’s privacy, I stand by Apple’s decision.

*update : Apple stated they can create this software (next hearing Mar.1)

After all, there is no assurance the device holds clues about who the couple communicated with while planning the shootings and their whereabouts.

Considering that this case involves a company issued phone, perhaps a compromise that has been overlooked, Apple could issue a backdoor encryption for third-party, company issued devices…only.

Where do you stand?

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