Apple is currently in a standoff with the United States government over unlocking an iPhone from one of the attackers in the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The F.B.I. requested Apple to create an alternative operating system for the one phone that would allow them to break into the device. Apple argued that the government’s request could lead to a slippery slope in regards to privacy and civil liberties for all.
We are in an age now and forever where digital technology will continue to ask for more and more personal information and we, as consumers will have little or no choice to give in. Try downloading an app unless you agree to its terms and conditions whatever they are.The personal data our current smartphones contain will grow astronomically with new technology. I believe we are just now at the tip of the iceberg, as we crave more tech-savvy phones, better smart assistants, cars that drive themselves, and cameras, microphones and sensors that gather data and analyze our every action
With this ever increasing amount of personal footprints we are and will continue to leave when using digital technology, tech companies and users should consider the consequences of the Apple case. Law officials believe that with a valid court order, the authorities should never be locked out of a device. In this particular case, the FBI did have other ways for gathering information about the shooters, but for whatever reason were unable to maximize that effort, and so they turned to Apple to do the work for them. If Apple is forced to break its own security to get into one phone in this specific case, a precedent is set, and then the question is where and when can that precedent be used again and again, which begs the question as to whether we will ever have privacy again in our ever increasing digital world?
In my opinion, it is ever more important to hold our privacy to the highest regard in a surveillance-enabled world. New technologies will have access to more personal information than ever before. Companies that offer these devices should not be complicit in allowing their products to violate our privacy.