UPDATE to the Tim Cook vs. FBI Standoff
This is a 2nd update to the Tim Cook vs. the FBI Standoff. In an interview with ABC News today, Apple CEO Tim Cook told “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir what the U.S. government was asking Apple amounted to the “software equivalent of cancer.” Cook went on to say:
“The only way to get information — at least currently, the only way we know — would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the equivalent of cancer. We think it’s bad news to write. We would never write it. We have never written it — and that is what is at stake here,” he said. “We believe that is a very dangerous operating system.”
Reading between the lines here, the real issue is Apple does not want to set a precedent for the FBI unlocking phones at whim. Thereby usurping security promises Apple has made to its customers and hurting its brand and sales.
Cook can invoke the constitution all he wants but the bottom line is it’s really about money. Isn’t it always.
So now that it’s in the court, the judge will need to address the following. Apple cannot protect the bad guys and cry fowl forever. It stands to reason that eventually the national interest will take priority over personal privacy.
Or as Spock would say “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Let me explain.
Accordingly, the judge will need to establish specific criteria when and how the authorities can demand Apple to cooperate. This will include the onus being on the authorities to prove it is in the national interest to do so.
Neither can the FBI retain a copy of whatever software Apple will use to unlock the phone. It can only be done by Apple techs under specific circumstances as mentioned, and with a lawful warrant.
It’s called common sense and compromise. It is the only possible and reasonable solution to this quagmire and the sooner the better.
The highest purpose of any government is to serve and protect the nation. If that doesn’t happen we’re all screwed.