The FBI Presses Apple to Create “Backdoor”
The FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor to their phones. These backdoors are supposed to allow the FBI and police to unlock the phones and access private information.
Apple expressed that they’re not so into the idea. Apple’s phones are designed to help customers feel secure about putting private information on their devices.
What is a “GreyKey?”
A newly invented device will potentially give law enforcement the power to unlock iPhones with or without the backdoor. Police departments around the world purchased a device called GreyKey. It takes anywhere between 2 hours and 3 days to unlock a phone.
The amount of time it takes for police to break into your phone is not the main concern. What stands out most to people is that police will have the right to unlock phones in general.
What’s even more alarming is that the FBI continues to ask Apple to create this backdoor. If a technology that unlocks iPhones already exists, why is the FBI so insistent on this backdoor? Not to mention, their mainly focusing on this specific phone brand.
Why Apple doesn’t want to make this door.
Apple’s lock features keep information safe. Using your fingerprint and passcode are two ways that Apple helps you keep your information private. What people store on their phone is up to them. However, the fact that people are using their phones to buy things, and transfer money makes it likely that the phone has credit card information as well as other crucial passwords on it.
If Apple creates this back door, hackers could find a way to bypass the security measures and head right for the goods. In other words, Apple does not want to disservice their customers, not even if the FBI presses them to.
It’s a slippery slope.
If Apple agrees to create the backdoor for their cell phone devices, the government won’t stop there. Who’s to say they won’t ask other phone companies to create the same type of access to personal information?
Edward Snowden showed the world exactly what’s happening with all of our so-called private information. In 2013 the NSA abused their powers and spied on the private lives of American people. This backdoor may open another door to a future of unnecessary censorship. The USA is supposed to be the land of the free, so why would Apple act in a way that compromises freedom?
Tim Cook Calls Out the FBI
The FBI backed up their sketchy request by saying that the issue with GreyKey is that it can only be used once. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter addressing the situation.
He said that the FBI’s suggestion that a “tool could only be used once, on one phone, is simply not true.” He explained that once the hacking technique is created, it could be used multiple times on several different devices.
U.S Law Makers Demand an Explanation from the FBI
U.S lawmakers heard of the FBI’s request to Apple and openly questioned their intentions. They want to know exactly why the FBI wants to take Apple to court and force them to add this backdoor.
They want to know why the FBI gave false information about the usage of this device, “GreyKey” and exactly what intentions they have behind unlocking and accessing private information.
FBI Innocent Intentions
The FBI may have the innocent intention of unlocking a suspects device. However, the backdoor makes Apple phones more susceptible to hacking. If there are other tools available to open suspects phone, then there should not be pressure on Apple to endanger its customer’s information.
The Mystery Remains
Until the FBI fesses up, their intentions are unknown. The amount of resistance against their request shows that American’s are unwilling to live censored lives. Lawmakers, Apple, and the average citizen will not give up on their privacy so easily.