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National security threat or breach of privacy? Should Apple provide a “backdoor” for the FBI?

 

imageYou may have heard already that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is seeking help from Apple in order to crack the IPhone from, Syed Farook, one of the individuals implicated for the attacks which occurred in San Bernardino, California. Many would suggest that Apple should do all it can in its powers to hack into Farook’s phone in order to gain access to potentially harmful information which could be counter to the U.S.’s National Security. Such information could prove to be an invaluable asset to the FBI about various terrorist organizations, specifically, any communication Farook had with these organizations prior to the San Bernardino attacks. However, others believe that permitting such a course of action would allow a “backdoor” for various governmental organizations to gain common Americans’ information for any purpose the government deems necessary under the justification of the Patriot Act.

It is unclear whether the FBI intends to only use the reverse software Apple could develop to hack into Farook’s phone just for this one occasion or hold onto such a program for future use. The government does not have a clean record when it comes to spying on Americans either, which adds further validity to Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook’s statement on setting up a dangerous precedent around privacy rights.

Privacy is an issue that more and more  Americans are willing to sacrifice in order to maintain “National Security” but is there a limit to the prying? Much of invasive behaviors exhibited by various intelligence agencies points to an ever-increasing move towards Orwellian politics.

Expect to see Republican candidates bring this subject matter into the public realm and discuss their various opinions on what they believe the FBI and Apple should do.

What do you think? Is gaining access to Farook’s phone worthy of potentially sacrificing our privacy or is this another power grab for intelligence agencies to gain greater access to our private lives?

Thank you for reading and please reply with your commentary below. We are interested in hearing your opinion on this matter.

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2 thoughts on “National security threat or breach of privacy? Should Apple provide a “backdoor” for the FBI?

  1. I agree to a certain level to sustain national security, some decrease in our privacy rights are essential. That being said, where does the line lay? Right to privacy is one that Americans have and take for granted daily and events like these make one think, “hmm, where do I stand in this?” if we grant the FBI access to this man’s phone ad hoc, and after having “sufficient” (what is sufficient enough?) evidence suggesting threat, then go for it.
    Having strictly defined measures and guidelines will need to be followed, whether that be the case here or this being the “test case” if you will that opens the conversation, this is a thickly wooded subject and one for a great debate!

  2. Very well written. Honestly the other side of the equation is simply this. Are you doing something the goverment doesn’t approve? And also there is no precedent being set. Its one phone one crack of a domestic terrorist. In all honesty, since it was an act of terror the Federal Goverment has the right to prosecute those hindering an investigation. And sometimes it’s our civic duty to give up certain rights for the common good. Think about Boston and warrantless searches that we conducted. Cheers

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