The FBI wants a backdoor only it can use: Should the FBI be allowed to break into any iPhone?

  • FBI iPhone Backdoor

    The FBI could be aloud to use the backdoor to break into any iPhone because we have no information to hide. Unless your iPhone holds drug trade information, why should the public care? If you aren't a criminal then there should be no reason to deny its uses. There won't be an FBI agent stalking you specific phone if this was to pass. In all likely hood it would more likely be used to stop predators and other various criminals than read texts to your mother.

  • Yes, the FBI has the right to search any iPhone

    In my opinion, the FBI should be allowed to have a backdoor into any iPhone to monitor any suspicious behavior. In a scenario, a terrorist kills a large amount people in one place and his phone survives. What if his iPhone has multiple other terrorists plots. The FBI needs the information to provide with the stoppage of the terrorists attacks. If you were a part of the attack, I bet you would have wanted the FBI to do something about the attack?

  • Cipher keys and algorithms

    As simple as, FBI goes to court to request data from phone, phone goes to apple, who unlocks phone, extracts requested data, places it on an encrypted portable drive, gives that to FBI- then uses DoD Sanitizer wipes to insure data on phone is gone- FBI gets what they need, Apple keeps the unlock processes to themselves, win - win-

  • 'Clear and Present Danger'

    While I don't agree with the FBI being able to break into any phone, I do believe they should be allowed to break into this one due to the circumstances. The phone they want access to was owned by one of thee San Bernardo shooting. Given that they were a part if ISIS and couldn't of done everything on their own the phone could potentially hold information of other terrorists within the U.S.. People can argue all they want about it violating their rights but the Schenck v. U.S. court-case deemed that your rights may be limited if there is a 'Clear and present danger'. If terrorism isn't a clear and present danger than I don't know what is.

  • Faith in Court Orders and Warrants

    Phones can hold a bunch of different data, the same way a home contains all sorts of information. Before a police agency can break into a phone they must get permission from a judge, have probable cause, and specifically state what types of evidence they are looking for (call logs, app purchases, text logs, etc). Evidence found outside of this is inadmissible. What is there to worry about (unless you are a criminal)?

  • Yes, FBI should be allowed to break into any iPhone

    In my opinion FBI should be allowed to break into any iPhone as long as they have and show a valid reason for it. If somebody did something wrong, they should not have the right for privacy and their phone should be checked. I'm not saying lets just randomly check every iPhone but if you have a suspect, go ahead and check his phone.

  • They should as it will help stop terrorist attacks

    This will help as it means many attacks could be stopped before they even start. Yes, they may be following weak supported leads and tarnish innocent names but it can stop hundreds of innocent people from getting injured or worse yet killed. So I think they should as it can really help.

  • Something similar happened not too long ago.

    Juniper was a security company that made firewalls for businesses, both foreign and domestic. The government wanted a backdoor into these firewalls just like how they now want a backdoor into all Apple products. The problem is a hacker managed to find this backdoor for Juniper's firewall that the government had and the hacker hacked the government and the businesses that used it. The major issue of this instance is that if a hacker got the backdoor into Apple products then you have several million people whose private information like credit card numbers, social security, etc. because a lot of people use Apple products for almost anything.

  • Yes, this does potentially violate the constitution

    The government should not be able to force companies to do things that are unnecessary and could damage their business plans. Specifically requiring this of Apple is dreadfully unfair. Requiring this of anyone is invasive and gives the government power to break the constitution without detection. Hackers will exploit these intentionally placed vulnerabilities. This is the like teasing a lion with meat on a stick.

  • Unreasonable search and seizure

    The reason why this violates the 4th Amendment is because it can impact everyone that uses an iPhone. It is reasonable to give the FBI tools for them to see what they need to see. And there must be ways to do this without unlocking the entire system. Otherwise, you're jeopardizing the security of every user in the ecosystem, and that is quite unreasonable.

  • The FBI should not be allowed to break into any iPhone

    The FBI should not be allowed to break into any iPhone unless it has a search warrant or other legal justification. Privacy rights are already being whittled away inch-by-inch. Time for people to make a stand against these ever increasing intrusions by the government, which are often based in fear mongering.

  • The government shouldn't invade people's privacy without a warrant.

    From what I've heard from this story, I don't entirely agree with Apple's stance. If the FBI comes with a warrant for the information on that device, then Apple should help the FBI break into the iPhone. However, Apple shouldn't be expected to install a backdoor into every iPhone's software for only the FBI to use.

  • Domestic Spying can easily turn into a tool of corruption

    In the 1960s and early 1970s the program COINTELPRO operated in secret. The government spied on political activists and used the information to deliberately sabotage the activists. MLK was one of the targets. They threatened to leak information about his affair and tried to get him to commit suicide. This is NOT a conspiracy theory, this is well documented.



    "You got nothing to hide, why worry?" is naive and ignorant of history. History shows us that we can not simply trust public officials to always do the right thing. Safeguards are necessary. If the FBI goes through the proper channels and get a warrant then I am all in favor of them hiring encryption specialists to break into electronic devices. But requiring a company to deliberately create a back door and betray the confidence and trust of consumers who expect their privacy to be protected is wrong.

  • Quite Simply Unconstitutional

    The government cannot be allowed to search personal property, whether that be digitally or physically. Besides, privacy issues, it would cost the government much money to construct and enable the backdoor, only for hackers to find ways to override the backdoor, after which the only purpose is for the Bureau to see private, non-crime related information.

  • I can summarize this in one quote

    ¨Those who will sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither¨
    -Benjamin Franklin

    There is no more of an accurate way to put this. We can´t give them the tools they need to invade our privacy. Hell, our fourth amendment is our right to privacy, unless they have justified reason to invade such. Sure, they have justification to this one case, but they definitely don´t have any justification to the other approximately 94 million other civilians who use them. The issue is that we can´t just give up one right and trust them to not abuse the others, because believe me, they will. People with power always do. ¨Absolute power corrupts absolutely¨

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