Is that not what they wanted to do after President Obama was elected? How did that turn out? Government officials use language to demonize opponents and issues. “ObamaCare” vs. “Affordable Care Act.” See how that works? Even the F.B.I. is in on the demonization trend.
Infection is a bad word. Nobody likes to be infected by a disease, right? Malware on a Mac or PC is an infection. The F.B.I. considers Apple’s encryption on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to be an infection.
The F.B.I’s Amy Hess in The Wall Street Journal:
The so-called going-dark issue, or the government’s inability to access data as devices get more encoded and difficult to crack… is a problem [that] infects law enforcement and the intelligence community more and more so every day
Simply put, the government wants access to the encryption on your iPhone. Apple and other Silicon Valley tech giants have said “no.”
Governments want access to user data to solve crimes and track potential threats. Silicon Valley companies, fearful that this access could be misused for spying or exploited by hackers, continue to build products that are so securely encrypted that the tech companies themselves are sometimes unable to access the data on them. And many tech companies are resisting any efforts to weaken their encryption capabilities.
Good for them. Let’s hope their combined efforts are successful.
Wait. What? Why? Shouldn’t governments be given access to devices used by terrorists, criminals, bad guys, foreign government spooks, and hackers?
What’s the problem?
Encryption is a one-way street. Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it won’t easily go back in. Encryption is digital toothpaste. Suppose that governments pass laws that force Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and others to provide back door access to encrypted information.
Instead of using built-in encryption on iPhones, and whatever else seems secure, the aforementioned terrorists, criminals, bad guys, foreign government spooks, and hackers will roll their own, so to speak.
Encryption is so prevalent and so easy to create and implement, that it can still be used with little effort on the part of the bad guys, and still remain nearly impossible for authorities to crack into; just as it is now.
Without access to encryption from Apple and friends, the terrorists, criminals, bad guys, foreign government spooks, and hackers will create their own– without a back door– and the toothpaste forever remains out of the tube.
Apple CEO Tim Cook:
There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a backdoor in, that backdoor’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys.
Yes, governmental authorities may force Apple and others to provide backdoor access to encrypted files and information, but they have no way to force access upon encryption designed and used by terrorists, criminals, bad guys, foreign government spooks, and hackers.
This is digital toothpaste, folks. It won’t go back into the tube.