Apple Inc’s fight for customers’ privacy

The U.S government is putting the privacy of iPhones’ users at risk. They ordered  Apple Inc to develop a software which would help to unlock the iPhone 5c of one of the terrorist of the San Bernardino attack which happened last December.

This sordid affair began on the 16th of February. A U.S court released a mandate forcing the giant company, Apple Inc to create a software in order to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to break into the iPhone 5c of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the shooters of the San Bernardino attack. Furthermore, the multinational got 2 weeks to contest this order, which it did not fail to do. Till now, Apple is fighting tooth and nail to protect its customers’ privacy.

The arguments brought up by the multinational till now are: 

  • If the software is created, it will weaken customers’ trust in the company.
  • If Apple accepts this request, it fears that it creates a precedent which would lead to future similar requests.
  • Hackers and cybercriminals would be able to use it.
  • This order goes against the Congress will to protect individual’s privacy. 

The list presented by Apple is long, however it does not seem to be enough. The F.B.I is still pressuring the technology company to create a software to help them access the found iPhone. This case left no one unmoved and according to the massive posts found on Twitter, it seemed that the public opinion does not know which way to turn. As a result, the two most popular posts found on Twitter concerning this affair were :#thankyouapple and #boycottapple. Meanwhile, the other giant technology companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google among others have decided to give their full support to Apple in its move to protect the privacy of its customers.

No decision has been taken up till now and the two parties are still arguing over the matter. In the meantime, the engineers of Apple Inc are working on a new security measure which would be impossible to dismantle.

Priscilla Camryn By: Priscilla Camryn