FBI and Apple challenging our right to privacy

FBI and Apple challenging our right to privacy
FBI and Apple challenging our right to privacy

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the whole Apple being forced to hack into a killer’s cell phone thing. We all want privacy when it comes to our private messages, e-mails and phone calls, but where is the line in the sand drawn?

Apple had a valid reason for not wanting to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation hack them: according to Apple, it would compromise the security of all iPhones. In short, if they were to budge in the lawsuit, everyone who owns an iPhone is open to having their files viewed.

The FBI did end up breaking into the San Bernardino Terrorist’s phone without Apple’s help, and saying that Apple lovers were upset is a huge understatement. I can understand it and I can’t at the same time.

I’m a millennial. I grew up on the ever-growing age of technology and I can remember what it was like to get my first phone, nevertheless my first smartphone. It felt nice to be able to contact friends whenever I wanted, check Facebook and use Twitter.

Given the technology that we have, however, means that there are more people out in our world that want to use it for bad. Who would of thought that cellphones would be the root to some of the evil that has happened, but you would be surprised what people believe is safe.

Here’s the thing: when you sign up for a contract with whatever phone company of your choice, you are signing away your right to privacy. We all have a right to privacy, and that’s why lock screens were created, but cellphones aren’t as private as everyone believes.

I don’t believe there is someone in a Verizon tower is reading my every text message (if so, I’m so sorry for the random texts between Sam and I) but at any point, a court can subpoena your records, and that message that was meant for your boyfriend (yeah, that one) is on display.

But the difference, and what I think people are forgetting, is that the FBI and police departments are wanting in on phones of criminals i.e, drug dealers, murderers and terrorists. Besides, according to the Patriot Act, once you’re deemed a criminal (my finger is pointed at you, ISIS and San Bernardino shooter) you have no rights anyway.

So, no, I don’t think the FBI should be going into my phone and reading every message that I’ve sent. Do I think they do? No. I’m confident that the FBI has more interesting things than reading the texts I’ve sent.

Should the FBI have restrictions on what they can and can’t read? Absolutely, but if you come into my country and use your hatred to cause harm, then by all means, look into that phone.

At the end of the day, we can’t have it both ways. You can’t commit a heinous crime and expect for your belongings to not be thoroughly searched, and we can’t expect our government let people get away with it for the sake of proving a point.

We can’t have intelligence without sacrificing something, so I’m fine with the possibility of someone looking at my messages. If it means my safety, read away, but read at your own risk.

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