Apple’s Fight With The FBI: Which Side Is Right?

March 4, 2016
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February 19, 2016



A judge has ordered  Apple to create a shortcut around its security system to allow the FBI to unlock the cell phone of the San Bernardino terrorists. But Apple isn't budging.

The FBI claims it has the right to see what's inside. So who is standing on the right side of the Law? It all depends on who you talk to.

For Ohio State Junior Mateo Olagberno,  Apple's fight with FBI is clear.

“I think Apple did the right thing by saying no to the government,” he said.

But not everyone is on Apple's side.

OSU Student Michael Libson believes the government is in the right.

“When it comes to national security I think that's first and foremost I mean to protect the country,” he said.

Student Paige Longstreth believes privacy trumps national security.

“I'm in favor privacy over national security I think everyone has the right to privacy,” she said.

The subject took center stage on CBS This Morning.

John Miller is Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counter-terrorism for the NYPD. He says there are good reasons to gain access to the terrorist's cell phone data.

“In that phone of those two killers, who killed dozens and injured more, who were they in touch with? Did someone tell them to do it?,” Miller asked.

That information he says, can only be found if Apple unlocks its security system.

“A phone is a massive giant storage device there are apps in there that do touch the cloud that don't touch the cloud,” he said.

Computer expert Matthew Curtin says what the government is asking for is a backdoor.

“He's not being truthful they are asking for a backdoor they are asking for a way to circumvent the systems security,” Curtin said.

Curtin says to give that up, is to destroy everyone's right to privacy.

“There is no way to guarantee that a backdoor will be used only by a good guy,” he said.

Miller argues the code to Apple's security system will be used and destroyed. He believes Apple will comply with the judge’s order.

“It's a court order I don't know how they're special,” he said.

Curtin argues just because a judge may order something doesn’t mean Apple has to follow.

“The rule isn't that as soon as a magistrate signs a piece of paper that we throw our hands up. We have judicial review in this country,” he said.

Curtin says there's a bigger issue if Apple loses this case.

“Are the Chinese going to ask for the same thing or you can't cell iPhones in China? Are the Russian are going to say the same? That is why this is a big problem,” he said.

The problem the government has with unlocking the iPhone is that once you try to enter the wrong password 10 times, the data on the phone is wiped clean.