By Estafania Torres |Staff Writer|
Many people would have assumed that Apple would have chosen the most ethical route when asked to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.
It was a surprise when Apple denied helping the FBI, but ultimately Apple made the best decision for their business.
The FBI asked Apple to make a backdoor that would help break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone.
This backdoor, which does not even exist (yet), not only grants access to this specific phone but to all Apple phones.
The bold hardware and software company did what any wise business would do when rejecting the government’s request.
Given that they are one of the biggest companies in the word, they were thinking of the customer before they thought about anyone else, which ultimately makes me feel safe.
If Apple had chosen to make the backdoor that the government had requested, I imagine their customer count would have dropped rapidly.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, 57 percent of Americans report that government surveillance of U.S. citizens is unacceptable.
This proves that for the most part, Americans do not want their privacy to be taken away or invaded.
As a loyal Apple customer, I would have definitely
switched phone brands as soon as I found out that someone could break into my personal information.
Privacy is something I should decide on my own.
If the backdoor was made, then that decision would have already been made for me without my consent.
This topic has been a controversial debate to say the least.
On one hand, creating a backdoor would prevent future incidents and would protect the public from harm.
While on the other, developing this database for Apple phones can potentially take the customers’ privacy away.
Although the FBI’s intention is for the greater good of the public, this can potentially become the new playground for dangerous hackers.
Apple has every right to ensure that they protect their customers from not only the government, but anyone else accessing their deep personal lives.
“…Apple has helped to remind businesses of all size that they not only have every right to protect their customers data, but also have a responsibility to do so,” stated Artmotion CEO, Mateo Meirir.
I think that if a business as big as Apple turns their back on a customer by giving a third party personal information, that is where they would fail as a company.
Although it seems reasonable to break into a phone when trying to prevent future terrorist attacks, it is not acceptable to have access to all Apple customers if they do not even pose a threat.
Apple was right and responsible for taking care of their customer privacy; All they were doing was saving the legitimacy of their company and the trust of the people.