Who own the internet

 

“Who owns the internet?”

This statement is still ringing into my ears, “who owns the internet” and more specifically who owns our data? Is it only us or the million or so channels that pass through it, are device manufacturers obligated to destroy our own security if asked so by the government or as Benjamin Franklin has put it in poor Richard’s almanac “Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.” Is the government willing to sell liberty to purchase power to enter our devices whenever?

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 (1 Infinite loop, Apple Inc. Headquarters)

Right now in the United States a historic case is taking place that is known by the media as “Apple vs FBI” one of the top tech companies is refusing to help the FBI in creating a backdoor to enter a terrorist’s phone, the outrage!! How can Apple refuse to protect us by not helping the FBI access the data on said person’s phone. What absurd reason they have to not protect us from further attacks.

“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”-Tim Cook in an open letter to consumers

(http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/)

  Tim Cook, after Macworld Expo 2009 keynote(Mr. Cook Apple’s current CEO)

“Backdoor-A feature or defect of a computer system that allows surreptitious unauthorized access to data.” (oxford dictionary). Wait so the government want us to build a loophole in our devices to compromise our own data, I guess there must be no other way to protect us. Well no, according to apple the password for the iCloud (cloud services used by every iphone) was changed therefore they are unable to access a copy of the data that will be on their servers and according to their data the password was changed while it being in the possession of the FBI. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/02/19/iphone-passcode-changed-government-possession/80632962/).

This shows that there are ways for law enforcement to access data on phones without needing to weaken encryption, which happens to be the safeguard for us the average person from digital risks, whether being it that snoopy sibling or a malicious hacker wanting to steal your data. The San Bernardino case isn’t about terrorism and law enforcement, law enforcement messed up and now wants to take away our freedoms. This is about us the average joe that wants to protect his digital footprint, a compromise needs to be found but not this not something that will make every single person on this planet vulnerable.

I implore you to encrypt your devices if they aren’t already encrypted, this isn’t about “If you got nothing to hide you shouldn’t be scared”, it is about our freedoms and liberty and read Mr. Cook’s letter he will do a much better job explaining the case better than I can ever do, and why even though this case is all the way in the US it will affect the world.

References:

USA TODAY, (2016). Apple says iPhone ID change prevented data access. [online] Available at: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/02/19/iphone-passcode-changed-government-possession/80632962/). [Accessed 1 Mar. 2016].