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The Government Spy Tax

Make this your must read on the case against Apple by the Federal Government.

This is not a case in which Apple is merely protecting the privacy of a customer, regardless of the individual’s legal status. Instead, Apple’s own enhanced privacy protections prevent the company from accessing a customer’s data themselves. And that’s where the story takes an interesting turn. The government wants Apple to violate their own business model to help create software that allows the government to hack the password of this IPhone, and of course, all IPhones.

For the most part, this debate has been one of privacy versus security. Technology professionals believe that the creation of backdoor software to a private cell phone will benefit criminals more than anyone else. Think about what you keep on your cell phone: credit card information, passwords, emails, personal contacts, pictures, etcetera. Today, our lives reside on our phones.

This case also presents a worrying implication that in the name of security a government can force a company into a business decision that tarnishes its philosophy and brand.

It’s very informative. Read the whole thing.

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