Apple and Tim Cook are far from getting to an agreement with the FBI and the U.S. government. Apple’s boss is unflinching in his desire of keeping people’s data safe, no matter the consequences. ABC World News picked his brains in a half an hour interview on the matter of creating a backdoor to the iPhone.
Filmed inside Cook’s own office, the interview conveys a clear image of his position in the case. At one point, Apple’s CEO states that he intends to talk to President Obama about the actions he’s being forced to take: “I’m going to ask for his help for getting this on a better path.” The recurring theme is all about consequences; it’s easy to make someone do something with one objective in mind, but who says others won’t ensue once the first is accomplished?
If a court can ask us to write this piece of software, think about what else they could ask us to write. Maybe it’s an operating system for surveillance. Maybe it’s the ability for law enforcement to turn on the camera. I mean, I don’t know where this stops
We keep secrets from our best friends, the people we most trust in the world. There are simply some things we wouldn’t want revealed, ever. So, why should we expose them to strangers, carelessly waiting to be used in evil ways? As Cook says, “No one would want a master key built that would turn hundreds of millions of locks. Even if that key were in the possession of the person that you trust the most, that key could be stolen. That is what this is about.”
While public opinion is split, with some taking FBI’s side and others looking at the bigger picture, Apple is holding its ground, taking into account only their principles. Besides, progress requires risks, but with what costs?
Technology can do so many things. But there are many things technology should never be allowed to do. And the way you not allow it, is to not create it.