The fact that iPhones running iOS 8 have encryption designed to keep out all the spooks and hackers from the FBI, NSA, Russians, Chinese, and other evil entities must be particularly frustrating for them. They seem to be saying, “If you have nothing to hide why are you bothering to hide it?”
Rebel Leader Speaks
If you don’t want the government or anyone else to have unlimited or unfettered access to your personal and private data, then you’re not part of the Alliance; you’re part of the Rebellion.
None other than rebel leader in exile, Edward Snowden, says that anyone who cares about privacy should stay away from the basics– Google, Facebook, Dropbox.
Regardless of what one thinks of Snowden, spooks, or politicians, information about you is being collected, and most of the collection remains beyond our control.
That fact creates a three tiered approach to security and privacy. The haves, the have yours, and the have nots.
You’re in the group Haves. Google, Facebook, the FBI, the NSA and other spooktacular organizations belong to the Have Yours group. If security and privacy over personal information is important to us, then what we want to do is to move everyone in the Have Yours group to the Have Not group.
That, unfortunately, is easier said than done. Modern life on the grid requires that we give up a measure of security and privacy (handing a credit card to a waiter at a restaurant, vs. posting snide comments on Facebook or wherever) in exchange for the right to socialize and commercialize with others.
Security and privacy needs a champion and it’s more likely to be the likes of Edward Snowden than it is FBI Director James Comey. Is there a middle ground between the spy who left us, and the spy who wants us?
No, despite the inroads made by encryption on iOS 8, Apple is merely staking out the higher moral ground, obviously inspired by more sales to the growing number of affluent security and privacy conscious gadget buyers who recognize criminals for what they are– everywhere.
What’s to stop the wayward FBI or NSA spook from using your personal information for self aggrandizement, or to frame you for acts you did not commit but for which a scapegoat is necessary; you know, for the greater good, or ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?‘ As in you.
Personal security and privacy needs a champion; a very large and influential champion, one who leads industries, admired by many, followed by many, and whose sole focus is on the user experience, to the benefit of the user; a champion to help us move members of the Have Yours list to the Have Not list.