Apple’s CEO Tim Cook still stands against the court order demanding that it unlocks an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorist involved in the San Bernardino massacre last December.
“We know that doing this could expose people to incredible vulnerabilities,” said Cook in an interview on ABC News’ “World News Tonight with David Muir.” “This would be bad for America.”
A Federal judge ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to authorities in order to allow the FBI access Syed’s iPhone, this involves Apple producing a new version of the iPhone OS that circumvented key security features to install on Syed’s phone but Apple has refused to assist the authorities towards achieving this, According to them, creating a backdoor for the device would expose countless iPhone users to unreasonable risks.
Even though major tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Google and much of Silicon Valley supported Tim Cook’s stance against the unlocking Syed’s iPhone, pointing out that encryption is necessary to protect private personal information, law enforcement agencies on the other hand says the technology hinders their ability to disrupt terrorist activity. Great minds in the tech industry such as Bill Gates disagrees with Apple and thinks Apple needs to give support to the FBI on the particular case regarding Syed’s iPhone.
Though earlier on Apple wants Congress to make the call on FBI encryption case, but since the Congress members are elected on behalf of US citizens, it could mean that the public’s view will be represented in the ultimate decision which will be made. A statistics from PewResearch center however showed that the majority of the public wants Apple to unlock the terrorist’s device.
Apple has until Friday to respond to the court order, and a hearing is set for March 22 in US District Court for the Central District of California in Riverside.
Authorities say unlocking the terrorist iPhone might produce more details regarding the terrorist attack and even expose more terrorist plots, on the other hand Apple says unlocking the iPhone might make all devices accessible by unwanted individuals, thereby causing security issues. I think we have to look at this from this view; Which pose to be a greater security threat? Since both parties speaks on the same thing “Security”, i think they need to follow up with the procedure that ensures the safety of individuals in all aspects, be it to unlock or not to unlock.