After a mass shooting and attempted bombing terrorist attack in San Bernardino leading to the death of 14 and 22 serious injuries, the FBI wants Apple to compromise the security of their customers for further investigation of this case. Apple has backed their security of customers with encryption and put the data of customers’ out of their own reach to create a brand that will not tamper with the safety and privacy that is promised to consumers. However, the FBI has asked Apple to create a backdoor to the iPhone so they can unlock and investigate one of the phones that was found during the San Bernardino investigation.
With the new version of the iPhone operating system, which circumvents important security features, the FBI would have universal access to any iPhone or data they wanted. Although the FBI says once they get the information from this one iPhone they will delete the system, it is too dangerous for Apple to create a program that will risk the code getting out and other people having the ability to gain access to any phone’s data. Once the program is created it can be used as many times as desired on any device. The program that the FBI wants created would “remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by ‘brute force,’ trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.” The program would also have the ability to “build surveillance software to intercept messages, access health records or financial data, track location, or access the phone’s microphone or camera without the user’s knowledge.” The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, is siding with Apple. This is important because Google runs the operating system for Android. Although Apple and Android have the technological ability to be a major part in investigating a terrorist attack, it is too dangerous for the companies to make a program that will create a backdoor for devices and will risk the privacy of everybody who is not involved in the case. This program could be a major downfall and trust issue for these companies because if people do not feel safe putting any information on their devices, their will be a major setback in the technology world and major lawsuits waiting to happen. Although I believe the FBI has good intentions, I think technology used in ways that could harm others is not a good plan for the FBI, Apple, or Android.
I think the article overlooked what other plan the FBI has to investigate this case further since Apple is refusing to make this program. Also, if Apple did decide to make this program, how they would find a way to make it secure enough that it could only be used this one time? I would like to know how much of our data is actually available in investigations such as the San Bernardino case.