Apple v. FBI: Civil Liberties v. National Security


Recently the FBI has asked that Apple create a backdoor into an IPhone. This phone belongs to one of the San Bernardino shooters and the FBI is attempting to gain access to their data. The phone is locked and requires a code to gain access to it. If a wrong password is entered too many times all of the data will then be erased completely. The FBI wants this part of the programming to be removed, thus giving them the ability to hack it and collect the phone’s data without the phone essentially self-destructing. As a millennial this is an extremely important issue. Technology is a major part of my life and plays a crucial role in the 21st century, and the outcome of this issue could lead to serious  ramifications.

I am afraid that with this backdoor we will no longer have secure devices. There will be a way to hack them and the government will be in possession of that tool. In an age of an increase in government power, I do not want to see them gain access to a tool that can disable the security on my personal device. Yes, the warrant the FBI has is for a specific IPhone. Apple has also complied with the warrant by providing all the information they have access to. They do not have the right nor ability to gain personal data from the IPhone without the use of this backdoor. Giving government this kind of ability has the potential to go south extremely  quickly.

The creation of a program that will disable the security of a phone and allow it to be hacked is disturbing. This already has been an issue when the NSA was discovered to be looking at thousands of people’s personal data all in the name of national security. That’s what the potential is for this backdoor the FBI is creating. And that was all in the name of national security. This is a similar case. The FBI is saying this is an issue of national security by possibly preventing future terrorist attacks. But at what cost to individuals? If this backdoor is created will the guarantee of security, of privacy still be in  place?

If Apple concedes then the FBI will demand for this program to be used on other devices. They already have expanded the amount of phones they want to hack with this backdoor up to 9 IPhones. This issue is already snowballing, expanding to other devices the FBI sees fit to hack! That is exactly what concerns me, the possibility of government invasion into our private lives, my private life. Being a millennial I use technology daily. Technology makes up a huge part of my life, and I value the security I have. This backdoor has the potential to strip that away; that is a prospect nobody wants to face. At the end of the day it comes down the issue of national security and what we are willing to give up in order to maintain that  security.

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