Local legal expert weighs in Apple vs FBI debate
The fight between tech giant Apple and the FBI continues. The U.S. government wants to access some of the data on the iPhone of one of the San Bernandino shooters. The problem lies with apple's security measures.
Posted by: Marlenia Thornton
The fight between tech giant Apple and the FBI continues.
The U.S. government wants to access some of the data on the iPhone of one of the San Bernandino shooters.
The problem lies with apple's security measures.
What’s the biggest concern?
iPhones can destroy all its contents after 10 unsuccessful pass code attempts.
A feature the FBI wants assistance getting around.
"Apple has designed their product in a way that frustrates the government's lawful law enforcement activities, so the other side is should a company get to do that," Nebraska College of Law Associate Professor Gus Hurwitz said.
Apple believes it should.
Its CEO, Tim Cook, said this order could create a dangerous precedent where the government could ask to weaken its security features.
He said it's a slippery slope for users' privacy.
Hurwitz said that's not necessarily the case.
He said even if apple made it easier for the FBI to access the suspect's phone data, without the destruction feature, hackers and the government would still have to decrypt the phone, which could take years.
"A thief could steal your phone and spend the next years of his life trying to decrypt it. Most thieves have better things to do with their time,” Hurwitz said.
Technology experts say the conflict is part of a bigger discussion, the balance of national security and data privacy.
"This entire situation arises in a broader debate about encryption government access to encrypted devices and potentially the legality or illegality of encryption,” Hurwitz said.
It's important to note: the FBI is not asking apple to crack the encryption or code because legally it can't. The government wants to get around the self destruct feature of the iPhone.
To read Apple CEO’s Tim Cook letter to consumers, click here: http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/