Saturday, February 20, 2016

Apple Pro-Privacy

            The terrorist attack from December has caused a rise, due to San Bernardino’s iPhone, and the Apple privacy policy. The government wants Apple to unlock his phone in order to gain more insight on the situation, but this would go against everything that the company has built up for their reputation.
            One important aspect to look at is Apple’s system; the “auto-erase function that, when enabled, would result in the information on the phone being permanently wiped after 10 failed attempts at inputting the passcode,” is one of the reasons that apple is so successful. Customer want to ensure their safety, and if they were to lose their phone this function would not allow another person access to private information. The Apple CEO, Tim Cook, also points out that if the company were able to create a “backdoor” if in the wrong hands could “unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” It is also important to think of what the government could do with this type of technology in other situations, and what sort of boundaries can be set. Additionally, “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.” The public has already been up in arms about what the government has access to, but when a majority of the population has IPhones, a larger up rise may happen.
            This article also overlooks the technology and intelligence of hackers and what they would be capable of if this technology of a “backdoor” is actually created. In the wrong hands, people could be losing all their personal information if this technology fell into the wrong hands. A BBC article speaks about John McAfee saying he can “break the encryption on an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino killer Syed Farook.” If this actually happens, what does that say about the company’s technology and the market plan that they have built up. It also leaves out Apple’s “pro-privacy message,” which is mentioned in a New York Times article. The company’s views on privacy and security helped them and their relationship with China. Finally, the article excludes what could happen to Apple if they change their privacy policy and how that will reflect on the company and other business relationships that the company has built up previously. Any topic regarding the privacy of the public will have people immediately concerned, it is important that an article has information that will enlighten the readers and alert them of what may or may not happen.

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