By Daniel Eisenstein

“Almost everything you do today uses a code, every time you log on to an Internet service like Twitter or Facebook and send your password, every time you log into Internet banking all of that information is protected using encryption” – James Lyne
 
The legal case between Apple and the FBI is a very controversial case. Many people would think that Apple should let the FBI into the encrypted San Bernardino shooters’ phone. However, there’s more to it than just that.
 
The FBI is going to court so they can make Apple give them a piece of software which enables them access to Syed Farook’s encrypted Apple iPhone 5c. However if the FBI wins this case, Apple would be jeopardizing millions of people’s personal information. John Miller of the NYPD thought about this incredibly simplistically by saying, “If you figure out the formula and can crack open the phone to the point where we can try codes against it you can tear that formula up, toss it in the fireplace and throw it away.” Unfortunately, life does not work that way.
 
Many people believe that the future of banking is online. If Apple loses this debatable case, they are jeopardizing millions of social security numbers, credit card numbers and any personal information that could be linked to your phone. Would you want a mysterious hacker hacking into your iPhone because they obtained the software that the FBI needs? I didn’t think so.
 
Also, most terrorists have already moved onto a higher grade of encryption, which just shows that there is much to lose but nothing to gain. If Apple gets into the phone of Syed Farook, they cannot just turn down the other 72 iPhones only in New York that are believed to be linked with illegal content. There is a much higher grade encryption on apps like What’s App and Telegram, which were used for the Paris attacks. Those encryption codes are close to impossible to break. There have been many disagreements about the controversy between the FBI and Apple. Where do you stand on this?

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