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Should Apple Unlock the San Bernardino Shooter's Phone?

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Started: 3/22/2016 Category: Society
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Charlie10

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On December 2, 2015 a married couple called Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attempted a bombing and a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. The mass shooting was successful, killing 14 people and seriously injuring another 22 people. Fortunately, the bombing did not go as the San Bernardino shooters planed. Now imagine one of your loved ones was killed in California and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had access to a shooter"s phone. And now you"re telling me apple should not create the software to hack into this terrorist"s phone. It could potentially save lives or prevent future terrorist attacks but no, privacy is more important than safety. Although it may appear to violate the 4th amendment, in doesn"t. There is an exception to the 4th amendment, a public safety exception. And this case, no doubt, falls under that exception.
blamonkey

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I negate the resolution that the San Bernardino Shooters' phone should be unlocked for a few main reasons.

C1: Privacy
The American government has a habit of violating the fourth amendment by abusing the search and seizure clause. For example, the Patriot Act which undermined the liberty and privacy of people. As described by the ACLU, the Patriot Act is a law that spies on all Americans by viewing the communications of phones. That means the government was tracking phone conversations of everyday citizens and not just the ones suspected of terrorist actions. Why is this important? Well, as already stated it violates the Constitution. However, it also created a divide between the American people and the government. According to a Pew Research Survey, out of the subjects sampled, 52% of them were either somewhat or extremely concerned about their privacy online. If the government were to repeat what happened with the Patriot Act, there would be a major divide between the American people and the government, which is already viewed cynically. This is actually more likely than what one would expect as well. According to a CNN Money article, "for years,the FBI has demanded special access into smartphones. Tech companies refused, instead increasing the security of their customers' data." The FBI has shown clear interest in acquiring this data for no particular purpose stated. This is worrying, considering the fact that this happened in the past.
C2: The FBI might already be able to accomplish this
Apple may not be necessary to hack the phone. According to a CBS article published on March 21, The Department of Justice has already found a way to unlock the phone without the intervention of Apple, which has been shard with the FBI. This method has not be shown to the public, however, the fact that Apple may not need to take part in this may be for the best given their opposition to the entire matter. The best course of action after this would be to pass policy preventing the government from using this information to spy on the American people as well since it is still a problem.
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