In the 21st century, the debate about privacy is in the forefront. Since the U.S government asked Apple to hack into their security ecosystem to gain access to terrorist Syed Farook?s Iphone 5c, the debate has spilled across to other parts of the world.
Under a new proposed law in the United Kingdom, intelligence agencies in the United Kingdom will be able to hack into people?s mobiles, tablets and all other networking devices. It remains to be seen if this law, which promotes atavistic practices of government surveillance, will pass and become the new status quo. For the sake of our privacy, you should be hoping it does not pass.
Recently, in a conference titled ?Blueprint for Democracy?, anti-establishment crusader Edward Snowden said, ?The FBI says Apple has the ?exclusive technical means? to unlock the phone,? Snowden said. ?Respectfully, that?s bullshit.?
Gradually, the issue has been gaining more ground in the press with tech giants and the press alike coming together and supporting the cause for ?privacy? in the 21st century. On the other hand, FBI director James Comey has talked about how encryption can be misused by terrorists to pursue dark motives. The legal battle between Apple and the FBI, however, is fast turning into a game of chess, with both parties trying to outdo one another.
It remains to be seen what kind of compromise the FBI and Apple reach, if they manage to compromise at all. As it stands, there is a real threat of the FBI simply bypassing Apple?s stand through the DOJ?s order and gaining access to iOS source code.
This debate should matter to one and all worried about their privacy in the 21st century. In the democratic world, privacy is not seen as a gift but a right of the citizen. If the FBI does win and gain access to a software capable of hacking into iPhone devices, then not many will vouch for the FBI using the software for only this instance. It will essentially allow the government to monitor and spy on every citizen with an iPhone. The debate has already crossed the Atlantic and is a major issue in the UK now, so it wouldn?t be outlandish to wonder if sweeping atavistic reforms are all set to infringe on the user?s privacy world over.