Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Certified Political Expert

This week I decided to take on the controversy of the FBI asking Apple to create a backdoor in their software to open up the phone of the San Bernardino shooter.

I am staunchly opposed to this action because my understanding of the situation is that if a tech company creates a backdoor for the government, any government and any cyber criminal will be able to use it. I think the FBI has good intentions here, but they are wrong. I think they lack a fundamental understanding of the consequences of creating such a backdoor. The idea that the FBI can ask for the information on just one phone suggests they don't understand the ramifications of what they ask for.

I also don't entirely buy that it is just one phone. The FBI is clearly trying to bring this to court, to congress, in order to set a precedent. Privacy is an important right and we should not throw it away for a little added security.

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