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Apple decides privacy, what next?

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Why Apple chooses Privacy.

It may come as a shock to some who think Apple should have complied without question the US Governments request to develop a back door in its software to allow hacking into their products. Here are a few reasons it should definitely not do so. First is the effort to draw a line in privacy because once that door has been opened it’s really hard to close it again, and enough government eavesdropping through the NSA & GCHQ (the NSA’s British younger cousin). Edward Snowden exposed the high level of intrusion into private citizens electronic data, while most of the stuff the governments looked at was just metadata, the fact that it was all done in secret in democratic societies is disturbing.

After this revelation people are skeptical of any government intrusion or allowing the NSA to have a way of reading personal information without due process. In asking Apple to give the NSA this back door it would not only open your private information to the governments of the USA and GCHQ, which in turn means Europe. But in the creation of the back door the Chinese and any other oppressive dictatorship would also like access to the back door to spy on its citizens. So there is more at stake than just getting info off one iphone used in California. Apple has factories in China,  would they feel that as they created the back door it might be in it’s best business interest to share it with the Chinese Government?

As the NSA found a way to get into the data on the terrorist iphone without Apples help, it would seem there is always a way to get something done if you have enough time. In the interest of hackers and oppressive governments who are trying to access western government facilities and businesses the game seems better played if the objective is not made easier by less encryption because the intelligence & law enforcement have become lazy and wish to legislate information rather than detective work.

 

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