By Ashley Dominguez
On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed and 22 were seriously injured in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. This attack consisted of a mass shooting and an attempted bombing by the married couple Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik. Today, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Apple Inc. are in a dispute over an iPhone 5C they recovered from one of the shooters.
A judge ruled that Apple had five days to respond to a court order that requests the company build a software tool that can break the encryption system that protects personal information on every iPhone. Apple made it clear to its patrons that they would oppose the order, stating that creating a “backdoor” for the phone would pose a security risk for current and future customers. In response to Apple’s opposition, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed for a federal judge to require Apple to obey the previous court order.
This has now become a legal case of privacy vs. national security and many people have had mixed reactions toward the matter. Large tech companies like Google and Facebook support Apple’s decision, and so do most of their customers. On the other hand the FBI has stated that not doing everything in their power in the investigation for the victims’ families would be wrong. Only recently has the FBI pushed the trial back a month, believing they may have found a way into the phone.
Where do you stand? Do you believe we should allow the government access to private information on our phones for security? Or should we prevent them having too much power when it comes to our private information?