Posted by: David Harley | March 7, 2016

Doth Apple protest too much?

Apple’s Craig Federighi has presented another argument against the FBI’s  position on the San Bernardino iPhone issue, on the hallowed (web) pages of the Washington Post. Apple VP: The FBI wants to roll back safeguards that keep us a step ahead of criminals.

Writing for The Register, though, Simon Sharwood is not convinced by that argument. Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty – Software engineering senior veep Craig Federighi cranks up debate about that iPhone. He observes:

Federighi neglects to mention that in the Farook case the court order specifies the special cut of iOS work only on Farook’s phone and that it be used only on government or Apple premises.

While misgivings about the scope of the assistance that the FBi is demanding chimes with the views of many in the industry, the assertion that the technology will inevitably fall into the hands of Bad People seems weaker.

David Harley

 

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