Encryption, iPhone and Backdoors
Privacy is one of the most important features you should care about when owning a smartphone. Nowadays smartphones hold sensitive and personal data such as contacts, messages, pictures, video and location data, all of which are protected by an encrypted personal passcode. If you are an iPhone owner your encryption keys were saved by Apple as of iOS 7. With the release of iOS 8 in 2014 Apple no longer stores users encryption keys making the owner of the iPhone the only one capable of unlocking the device.
To catch you up to speed, the FBI is attempting to use the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority so they can demand that Apple Inc. create hackable software or “backdoor” into iOS making it easier to decrypt data and bypass the users passcode. What makes this demand disturbing is if they can force Apple to create this backdoor whats stopping the government from demanding that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, financial data, track your location, or even access your iPhone’s camera without your consent.As App developers we understand that once a backdoor is made for the iPhone that same software can be maliciously used to target the general population in a more direct manner.
If you are a smartphone owner device privacy and net neutrality are topics you should key tabs on. As smartphones continue to encompass the majority of our life data, laws will need to be made to protect the user from unconstitutional demands such as this one. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has responded to the FBI in an open letter stating that they oppose this demand and are calling for public discussion on the matter. Since then CEO’s of Google, Twitter and Facebook have voiced their support for Apple and their position.
Please, educate yourself on the matter and become apart of the discussion. User privacy is at stake.