How dependent have you become on your smart phone? Do you have valuable information on it? Most of us are to some extent dependent on our phones to have and keep safe, sensitive information. And God knows, none of us can remember phone numbers anymore.
So, how do you feel about the FBI v. Apple? What do you think is more important, your safety or your privacy? Is this not the issue to which this has really come down?
The FBI wants Apple to develop a way for them to, at will, decrypt iPhones. They claim that they need this technology to retrieve information off of the dead San Bernardino shooter’s phone. And now, it has been brought to Congress.
The Washington Times reports
Top officials from Apple and the FBI are set to spar over the issue of encryption Tuesday at a Congressional hearing, with a representative from the tech giant hinting at the need for lawmakers to intervene. The two sides are locked in a legal battle over access to data on an encrypted iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino attackers.Apple is challenging a court order that forces the company to create a way for the FBI to hack the password-protected cellphone, arguing that doing so will undermine the security of its technology and create a template for law enforcement to break into any iPhone.
If this is true, and we have no reason to believe otherwise, then we are faced with a problem. With the NSA already tapping our phone conversations, we can have no hope of privacy. It would be the equivalent of the government having every bit of information about you.
Will this not mean that the government would have unlimited and unprecedented power over us. Is information not power? And what will be in place to protect the American people? What will stop this growing police presence from walking through yet another paper barrier?
We know that they want this technology for use in other cases besides the Farook case. We know this because they have told us as much.
The Times continues:
“We are seeing more and more cases where we believe significant evidence resides on a phone, a tablet or a laptop — evidence that may be the difference between an offender being convicted or acquitted,” he said in submitted testimony. “If we cannot access this evidence, it will have ongoing, significant impacts on our ability to identify, stop and prosecute these offenders.”
We can only hope that our representatives will represent us and not the FBI when making their decision.
Article reposted with permission from Constitution.com.