The current ruckus over Apple refusing to give the FBI access to a phone is a pretty absurd farce, rooted in non-reality and spun for big, big bucks by Apple.
Here is the nonsense on the government’s side.
-They are asking for information that has minimal value. We already know a whole lot about the dead terrorists. The phone might – or might not – add some info as to who they talked to on their way to getting murderous, but it won’t bring anyone back to life or materially change the story line. To make such a big ruckus over small potatoes is nuts.
-The government has failed massively to protect us with the information they already had. It is abundantly clear that their systems failed when there was information already available through other means. They don’t need more information. They need to fix the systems they have in place so that they work, rather than demanding more access to private parties’ information.
-The government has a monumental problem with silos. There is so much information they already have, but different security departments are loathe to cooperate with each other and share info because of the competition and distrust among the organizations. The government should fix the security culture internally instead of compensating for their dysfunctional culture by invading the end users’ lives, again.
-The cell phone in question belonged to a government agency that the terrorist worked for. There was a standard procedure there that allowed the government to have access to the critical information on the phone. That procedure was not followed for him or many others in that agency. Blatant failure to follow procedure is at the root of this problem, but again, the Feds want to solve the problem on the back of the citizens, not the government employees who botched it, inexcusably.
-The claim that the government can be trusted with a back door into the phones and would never use it in any inappropriate way is laughable after the abuses of the last ten years.
-The claim that the back door would be safe with the FBI and would never fall in the hands of the bad guys is simply laughable. Some of the most critical files of the federal government have been hacked with impunity by the bad guys, putting lives of our people in grave danger. There are few places less safe for critical information than on a federal government computer.
So the government is trying to take the high moral ground by saying that Apple is compromising the security of the nation by not giving them access to iPhones.
And that high moral ground for the FBI is beyond absurd.
And Apple is also reaching for the high moral ground with their claim to be the last bastion of protection for citizens who have put their trust in Apple.
I can’t believe they can say that with a straight face. Snowden has shown that the Feds came to Apple years ago and demanded massive amounts of information and access, given secretly without Apple telling the public.
And, Apple has already given that to the Feds long ago, and on an ongoing basis. So their posturing now, is simply that. Posturing. They are no guardians of our privacy. They rolled over and sacrificed all their customers long ago.
So their claim to the high moral ground is equally absurd.
Here is my view of the game. It will go to court. Apple will milk the process, filling the press with their “protectors of American privacy” story line.
In the end, they will lose. And with great pretense of grief they will hand over the info.
THEN, they will build a new phone that THEY CAN’T HACK (supposedly) and they will sell it to the public as the “must have” only secure phone of the 21st century.
The scam will work.
They will sell monstrous numbers of the phone no one in the world can hack (supposedly) and Apple will turn a profit one more time – on the back of the American citizens they are devotedly trying to protect from the invasive government.
Meanwhile, every high-moral-ground press release Apple sends out is nothing but advertising for the super secure product they will fortuitously have ready for market about the time they lose the final court case.
I know. I am beyond cynical. About both sides in this case.