Seeds: In December of last year, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, went on a shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 people. In the ensuing investigation, authorities discovered the only surviving piece of technology left by the two shooters was Farook’s work phone, an iPhone 5C.
Core: A few weeks ago, the FBI asked Apple to hack into the phone so that they could access the information without offsetting the device’s “self-destruct” mode. Apple stated they don’t want to create said hacking technology, for, if it fell into the wrong hands, millions of IPhones would be left vulnerable to hackers.
Skin: The media has helped to spark the conversation, bringing up the issue at recent GOP debates. It has also been furthered by Bill Gates, who recently added his voice to the discussion stating that Apple should hand the information over to the FBI.
Leaves: This discussion brings the debate of how secure our technology is and/or should be into the spotlight. Apple has worked very hard to make their products as secure as possible, and it is this very effort that has put them in this position in the first place. At this point, it is hard to tell how tech companies will address this problem in future cases. Will they choose to aid authorities in future investigations, or will Apple’s refusal to help the FBI set a precedent for all other tech companies in the future?
Food For Thought: Do you think Apple should be forced to hack into the phone, or should they be allowed to refrain from helping the FBI? Do you think it is a “right” for all of us to have secure technology? Do you think this relates to the broader problem of government searching the technology of suspected, not convicted terrorists? Tell us what you think.
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