Apple Has an Obligation to Assist the FBI

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As a technology leader and giant, Apple must draw a balance and assist the FBI combat crimes committed by those who use telecommunication technology to commit crime. I disagree with Apple's unwillingness to provide the FBI with investigative entry to the hidden data placed there by criminals like terrorists. Apple is siding with criminal customers and creating a safe haven for terrorists instead of eradicating them; by refusing to help the FBI find these people who will increasingly run to hide where they know the FBI can't enter or investigate. Apples case is nonsensical; we have had our privacy and confidential data in banks, on the internet, and god knows where now for ages while the FBI have had access to them with provisions, and we have been doing well. Apple is fear mongering, and has only its interest at heart. We should never undermine our real security by way of a sense of security that gives safety to terrorists. Apple is wrong on this one!!    

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    manage said:
    Apple must draw a balance and assist the FBI combat crimes committed by those who use telecommunication technology to commit crime.
    The government must draw a balance between what is legal for it to do and what is not.
    Apple is siding with criminal customers
    No. Apple is siding with the Constitution.
    Apples case is nonsensical; we have had our privacy and confidential data in banks, on the internet, and god knows where now for ages
    “lol we’ve had our rights completely destroyed so it doesn’t matter if it keeps happening” is not an argument.
    Apple is fearmongering
    Say the people who think “FINK UDDA CHILLINS!” is not a fallacy.
    We should never undermine our real security by way of a sense of security that gives safety to terrorists.
    Nah, liberty or die.

    That was Patrick Henry’s first draft, by the way. He spiced it up a bit later.
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    sphericspheric Posts: 1,730member
    manage said:
    As a technology leader and giant, Apple must draw a balance and assist the FBI combat crimes committed by those who use telecommunication technology to commit crime. I disagree with Apple's unwillingness to provide the FBI with investigative entry to the hidden data placed there by criminals like terrorists. Apple is siding with criminal customers and creating a safe haven for terrorists instead of eradicating them; by refusing to help the FBI find these people who will increasingly run to hide where they know the FBI can't enter or investigate. Apples case is nonsensical; we have had our privacy and confidential data in banks, on the internet, and god knows where now for ages while the FBI have had access to them with provisions, and we have been doing well. Apple is fear mongering, and has only its interest at heart. We should never undermine our real security by way of a sense of security that gives safety to terrorists. Apple is wrong on this one!!    

    What has for some reason not entered into discussion at all, since it has been almost entirely U.S. navel-gazing: 

    One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. China will want access to dissidents' iPhones. The Saudis and Russians to journalists'. 

    As technology leader and giant, the balance Apple must draw is between (this is the part you omitted) SELLING SECURE DEVICES and providing access to governments on demand. It is irrelevant whether that government is the U.S., Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, China, or Korea — once it becomes clear that a corporation has the means to provide access, sales bans can and will be used as leverage. 

    As it is, it's already become painfully clear that the FBI is lying through its teeth: This is in NO WAY "limited to just this one phone". A line has already formed behind them with other services demanding access. The NYPD alone has 175 confiscated iPhones lying around with no way to access their data. 
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