A Thank You Letter to Apple
Over the past few years, my collection of Apple products has slowly to grown. I really wasn’t a die-hard Apple user like some people are, but just kept stumbling upon circumstances that required one of products. Now, I have a MacBook Air, iPad, iPhone, and iWatch. I barely even realized that Apple had taken over my life until I graduated college and got my first job. Even with all of the devices, I still wasn’t dedicated to the brand. PC’s still held a piece of my heart — until today.
Today, I received the message Tim Cook sent out to all Apple customers about the FBI requesting Apple to build a sort of “backdoor” into it’s devices. At first I was really confused. It didn’t seem like a really big deal, until I read the entire thing.
We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.
Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.
The letter addresses why Apple is refusing to build what the FBI requested and I have to say — I’m very happy they did.
Apple has spent years of blood, sweat, and tears building devices that are secure. I didn’t even think twice about putting a laundry list of data into any of my Apple Devices. But the thought of someone else having access to the large amount of information I have stored on them scares me to death. All my passwords, photos, locations, messages, emails — they could have everything if Apple gave in.
This all started after the San Bernardino shooting last December. Apple assisted the FBI in getting some essential information about the shooter off an iPhone. They complied with every subpoena and search warrant they were delivered. Their engineers even helped advise the FBI during the investigation. This whole situation led to the FBI’s request for a way to bypass the feature that disables an iPhone after a certain number of failed password attempts.
The last paragraph of the letter says:
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
And this is why I’m saying thank you.
Apple, thank you for fighting to protect your customer’s rights.
Thank you for protecting our privacy.
Thank you for standing up for what you believe in. Now I’m a die-hard Apple user.