Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)‘s management has been accused by the Department of Justice that their encryption software could potentially result in significant hindrances in criminal investigations. The topic was under discussion on Fox Business, and the news channel’s Liz MacDonald expressed her opinion on the increased privacy awareness of the public companies.
” […] Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a technology company, it will say that listen, this is a privacy issue, so if you want this information get a warrant. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is now saying that for the first time, a telecom saying to the government, you may need to get a warrant. Usually it is considered business records by the government, courts said telecom records are considered business records, that is why they could get the information […],” said MacDonald.
Perhaps the government is employing all sorts of scare tactics to regain control over the private sphere of its subjects. Ironically enough we expect a total role reversal where companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google would have control over our data, and government should be taking measures to protect its citizens from being exploited through that.
However, the government is bent upon asserting its control as if it were a totalitarian state. Even more worrisome is how this personal data was extracted in the past, according to what MacDonald had to say about the issue. While it is refreshing to find out the front that companies like Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) have put against the government on this issue, the real question is, will they be able to fend off DOJ?
The government might have a point that some investigations might be handcuffed by the new encryption methods, but the example of endangering the life of a child is a bit too extreme. Historical figures should first be presented to the public showing how many lives of children has the government saved in the past by acquiring data without the consent of the citizens.
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