Recently, one of the biggest stories in the news has been the conflict with the FBI and Apple. The FBI is insisting Apple allow them to break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, signed a public letter warning the FBI of the dangers this would bring. In summary of the letter, if Apple were to comply with the FBI and work with them to build "a backdoor to the iPhone" giving them the capability to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's phone; Apple believes the creation of this backdoor could lead to hackers taking advantage of the privacy and security of tens of millions American citizens through the creation of this backdoor technology. "No reasonable person would find that acceptable," says Cook in the public letter.
Last December, the married couple shot and killed 14 people. Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik were radical Islamists who supported ISIS. In the FBI's statement to Apple they did not ask them to redesign their products, to disable encryption or to open content on the phone. The statement, which was from a judge's order, requested Apple to only tailor to the particular phone of the shooter. Ironically, the same engineers who built the strong encryption into the iPhone are being asked to weaken it now.
The reason this has become such a big story in the news these past couple weeks is because of the intensifying debate between law enforcement and the tech industry over encryption. The cooperation by Apple with the FBI could lead to great strides in eradicating ISIS. However, at what cost of the American people? The FBI insists that the creation of this technology is only for a one time use purpose for this specific phone, but Apple disagrees saying in their letter, "once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices." Technology, and specifically our phones, have become a huge part of the everyday person's life. Some people have their whole life right in the palm of their hands with all of their information. Without evening knowing it all of the data on your phone could be taken by a hacker.
Perez, Evan, and Tim Hume. "Apple Opposes Order to Hack Gunman's Phone." CNN. Cable News Network, 18 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.