#ApplevsFBI is the problem with Political leaders not Big Brother


Apple is (big gulp)...Right. What's happening now in the story with Apple and the FBI is what happens when emerging technology outpaces Government legislation.

"Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data." - Cook

We, the people of the United States, have an expectation that our Government is doing everything it can do to protect its citizens.

So what is our reactionary Government asking?

"Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession." - Cook

If there was ever a time to stand up and let our voices be heard it's now. However, the reason why we are silent is we are afraid; Afraid there is more to this that we don't understand, afraid to give a large company more power, or worse, give a Big Government even more power. We have been told over and over again that “big business” is bad. But, now we have to come to terms with the fact we live in two worlds: the physical and the digital one. Consequently, the governance must at least keep up or get ahead by always protecting our physical world rights.

"In today’s digital world, the “key” to an encrypted system is a piece of information that unlocks the data, and it is only as secure as the protections around it. Once the information is known, or a way to bypass the code is revealed, the encryption can be defeated by anyone with that knowledge."- Cook

A blaring example that our laws are outdated is in that the FBI is siting an Act from 1789. Really?!

"Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority" - Cook

I blame our political system- where we go from one election season to the other . An ‘Election Year’ has been commonly thought to be the Crazy Season, and our candidates so far have not disappointed. While politicians do what they do, we sit by and watch our privacy (read: our liberties) be eroded. I good friend, Josh Srago, wrote a great article that really takes a look at the privacy question

Finally this maybe a reason to have more women in leadership in our government.

"The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone." Cook

This reasoning sounds like something a man would say (I have tried it) and does not work. I didn't believe it when I tried it.