The privacy of our data is a broad, complex issue. It is a shame that more of the country didn’t get behind Rand Paul when they had the chance for after watching the news today it seems that he is one of the few people on Earth willing to stand up for Americans’ privacy. Not many were supporting Tim Cook’s stance against the all-powerful government and their overreaching demand. Almost all of the reporters and politicians on television had the issue completely wrong in that they kept saying it was about encryption. The request was for software to unlock the phone bypassing the four-digit security code, not the key to decode the encrypted data. The government would like that ability, too, but that is another can of worms.
Anyone who has an iPhone knows that Apple forces the consumer to read its declaration about the privacy of the phone and how Apple pledges not to give in to the government in a situation exactly like the current one. Apple’s security is paramount in their ability to maintain their leading edge in the marketplace and for all of these important people, including many of the presidential candidates, to vilify Tim Cook in public to the entire world is disgraceful.
There are many reasons Apple should not have to comply with the government’s request. The phone is not their property. The government can demand that the owner of the phone turn over the code but short of that Apple is not responsible for anything on that phone. Apple purposely designed the security code so that they themselves would not even have the key, to prevent this sort of extortion. They should not be required to invent the software to get around the code. That would make the whole system vulnerable and obsolete. If they did comply and submit the software to the government what guarantee is there that it wouldn’t be used on other devices? Does anyone think that the government is capable of keeping it secret? It is all too painfully obvious how those in high office handle sensitive data. It seems to ride home with them in their lunchbox. How long would it be before others get their hands on the software? All of this is beside the point. Apple consumers bought their products with the reasonable expectation that their information would be kept private–and paid a premium price for the privilege. Now everyone wants to erase the last bastion of privacy. You were right, Rand Paul. We sure could use you as a candidate for president.