Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Public Support of FBI Suggests They Don't Fully Understand The Risk #CrackiPhone

The majority of American think Apple should unlock the iPhone used by one of San Bernardino terrorists. This sentiment, largely a knee jerk reaction to a complex issue, is being echoed or lead by Trump's call to boycott of Apple products until they comply.

Apple's letter to customers that explains the need for encryption suggestion a ongoing battle that's much more than a marketing ploy. Tim Cook as well as key technology leaders recognize that once a backdoors is created, it opens the door of information for everyone; this includes the FBI and law enforcement, the good guys, and hackers, the bad guys. While this revelation may not deter the public's "crack the iPhone" stance, it's certainly for technology leaders and visionaries to either pause, or in Apple's case fight back.

Apple recognizes that mobile devices are no longer defined by voice and text data. These devices, trending towards implantable computers or chips, are rapidly expanding into biometrics identification to gain access from everything from banking and electronic payment (including Apple's Pay) to automobiles and home security systems. How can the public correctly judge the risks of data protection when they fail to recognize the risks presented by smart devices already in their homes?

Apple clearly understands the importance of encryption. While encryption can hide the actions of the bad buys, it protects everyone in the digital age. Electronic money and payment, the path of the future generations and the presumed savior to European socialism, remains an ideological dream without it.

Headline: Pew: public supports FBI over Apple

SAN FRANCISCO – A slight majority of Americans say Apple should unlock the iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif. massacre.

A survey concluded Sunday by the non-partisan Pew Research Center found that 51% of Americans say Apple should assist the FBI in its efforts to unlock the iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters.



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