The FBI continues to target Apple and the security of their devices. FBI Director, James Comey, is trying to get legislation passed that will restrict technology companies from having encryption that prevents the government from accessing the data stored on devices (Lord, 2014). As mentioned in my previous post, allowing any kind of backdoor into a system cripples the security of the device. It is obvious that anything that is encrypted can be decrypted, but adding a cellar door to your basement is just an invitation for anyone that wants what you have.

I am in total disagreement with the request of the FBI. Right now it is Apple that is being ordered to comply, but in the future it may be all other companies that sell products in the USA. If these types of laws are allowed to exist then the competitive advantage for the U.S technology companies has just been crippled by its’ own government (Lord, 2014).

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized (“Bill of Rights Transcript Text,” n.d.).

Over 220 years ago the government tried to protect use against ourselves and now we see things of this nature in the news so often. We are a free nation, but are we really. We can’t even protect our own data without someone else wanting access to it. Without encryption we would not be the nation that we are, or have the technologies and pleasures that we do have. What secrets would the government have without being able to protect the data that they have? To ask the people to give up a means to secure their persons, or effects is unconstitutional at worst, and just poor programs, politics, and leaders at best.

Grant Ryan

 

Bill of Rights Transcript Text. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2016, from http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html
Lord, N. (2014, October 20). The Security Hot Seat: Personal Device Encyption. Retrieved March 27, 2016, from https://digitalguardian.com/blog/security-hot-seat-personal-device-encyption
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