On the one side there is personal privacy and security with Apple taking the lead to make it easier and more secure to buy with our phones at the counter or buy online (Touch ID) and keep our private messages and personal data more secure through encryption. Who is on the other side?
We’re not far away from having Apple products that can recognize our voice print, scan our retinas, and use our finger prints to give us access to our own information or buy products more securely and privately.
Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad is only the beginning. Apple has also encrypted our data and basically thrown away the key.
That action has government leaders (I’d use the word hacks, but that seems like an insult to hackers) all over the world clamoring for legislation to force Apple and others to provide backdoor access to our personal information. You know. Just in case.
Already China wants to require such backdoor access for anyone doing technology business with the government there, and that’s not surprising given the totalitarian nature of Chinese leaders. But similar requests are being made in so-called free countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.
What happens to Apple’s stock or Google’s stock when the Chinese government requests a backdoor to all iOS or Android devices sold in China and the iPhone maker refuses? Or, what happens to Apple’s position as a bastion for privacy and security if they’re forced by law to provide backdoor access to devices with encrypted information to major governments?
This battle has huge implications for hundreds of millions of people, and the faster Apple can move to implement Touch ID to Macs, and add retina scans or facial recognition to voice print analysis and recognition to every Apple device, the better.
Yes, friends, the truth is out there. He’s Big Brother and he’s coming for us.