Apple Doesn’t Have to Help the FBI Unlock iPhones- Court Ruling

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Apple Doesn’t Have to Help the FBI Unlock iPhones- Court ruling

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled in Federal court in Brooklyn that Apple did not have to comply with a court order demanding that  they unlock iPhones for the FBI.

Here’s the issue:

Though in specific, the FBI wants one phone unlocked- that of terrorist Syed Farook, they made the demand a blanket one. In other words, they don’t just want to unlock ONE iPhone, they want the software to unlock ANY iPhone. THAT’s where the problem lies.

Apple refuses to create the software that would allow law enforcement – or anyone else- access to ALL iPhones everywhere. And the court has sided with Apple.


Right to Privacy versus Security from Terrorists

“The relief the government seeks is unavailable because Congress has considered legislation that would achieve the same result but has not adopted it…”t is also clear that the government has made the considered decision that it is better off securing such crypto-legislative authority from the courts rather than taking the chance that open legislative debate might produce a result less to its liking.”

Because Apple markets privacy as a specific value of their product, the judge also stated,

“The assistance the government seeks here — bypassing a security measure that Apple affirmatively markets to its customers — is not something that Apple would normally do in the conduct of its own business and is, at least now, plainly offensive to it.”

Bigger issues than one iPhone

But Congress rejected a bill to force companies like Apple to make that kind of software available to law enforcement in the past.

The judge admonished Congress to take  up this debate now rather than later. With polls showing most people favor unlocking the phone, the issue of privacy rights is at stake. People are afraid, and they think the FBI will protect them.

Which may or may not be true, depending upon the situation. So let’s ask the question: if you are a member of a militia, or even a group the government doesn’t like, would you like the FBI to unlock your iphone? So they could perhaps make a case against you simply because of your contacts or an innocuous text message that gets twisted from it’s original meaning?

These are the things that people never think of when they start wanting Apple to unlock all iPhones because of one Islamic terrorist.

Think ahead, America!

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin



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