The Case for Privacy: TheFBI v. Apple

According to Tim Cook,

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

At the core, we must understand several factors.

  1. At what cost to our safety should we forfeit our personal privacy?
  2. How do we ensure that the ‘watchers’, the US government, are behaving?
  3. Is it really possible to build a 1x “unlock” or does this set a precedent?

I encourage everyone to read Tim Cook’s full letter here, and engage in the debate online.

The decision, in my opinion, to force companies to diminish security standards is apocalyptic and may mean the end of individual privacy.

Why is it dangerous?

  1. Building a back-door to our security will make us vulnerable to 1) Identity theft 2) stalking or worse.
  2. It threatens our ability to associate. We become vulnerable to blackmail. For example, “Bob attends an AA meeting Wednesday night.” He doesn’t want his employer knowing. It won’t be long before there is a market for individual data.
  3. See this paper that argues why “I have nothing to hide” is a poor argument.
  4. More.

A challenge to anyone reading:

  1. If you really feel that you have nothing to hide, please share your latest bank statement below in the comments section.

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