Complaining About Self-Inflicted Wounds

Complaining About Self-Inflicted Wounds

Matt HealeySunday,28 September 2014

The Snap:

I hate Apple products. I have not been silent about my dislike for Apple and their products. While I did not comment too much on the iPhone 6 bending issue, I did feel the need to send a copy of the most ridiculous tweet that had been reported in The New York Times: “My new iPhone 6 doesn’t fit into the pocket of my Lululemons.” So while it pains me, I must admit it when Apple does something right.

The Download:

The new iPhone encrypts emails, photos, etc using a unique 6 character code that only the iPhone user has access to. When Apple is asked for emails, since they do not have the code to decrypt the email, the information they turn over will be unintelligible. This is leading to some concerns within the FBI. The Director of the FBI recently said “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to hold themselves beyond the law.” Yes that is a problem and it is too bad that the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. all created a system in which this was required. This is a reaction to the overuse of illegal surveillance that has been going on for the last 10 years.

Let’s look at why Apple did this. Clearly there is market demand for encryption technology. The revelations of Snowden, who exposed the pervasive nature of the NSA spying program, has caused a lot of people to want additional security. I don’t want my emails being read by the NSA. I understand that if there is a court order, they can have access to the emails; the problem is that over the past several years, the government has embarked on a program that conducts warrantless wiretapping of Americans. The need for data security can, in full or in part, be tied to this program. So the NSA, FBI, etc. created an environment in which this was the predictable outcome and now they bemoan the situation they find themselves in. I have a hard time feeling sorry for people who complain about self-inflicted wounds.

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