For those not caught up on the FBI’s request for Apple to include a master key in the next iOS update for their iPhones operating system; let me quickly catch you up. The FBI is trying to force Apple to create a “backdoor” into every iPhone on the planet where they can access it anytime they want without having to go through the “front door” which is Apple to get information from a specific iPhone they have a warrant for.
This is bad. Here is why.
Backdoors are Accessible by All Hackers
So as we have learned, the NSA infiltrated security software companies and wrote in code so they could hack into systems with the software, which, all the world could see the software, and so therefore, all the world had access to the “secure” systems that had paid really good money for that security software. This is what is being asked, a way that all hackers worth a dime can access anyone’s iPhone at anytime. Thought the iCloud leaks were bad? Every celebrity would have all their information readably hacked.
Backdoors are Illegal
The 4th Amendment to the Constitution of the republic of the USA states that there must be a process in which the state can access private information from a citizen. This means, specifically, that agents of the state, must get a detailed warrant from a judge which then allows an agent to only do what is bound within that warrant for that individual. Backdoors by their very definition allow agents of the state to have access to citizen’s very private information without the required pathway prescribed by the supreme law of the land.
Backdoors Cause Insecurity
iPhones have more than embarrassing photos on them. They are portals to a person’s entire online life from bank access to social media and social interactions to jobs to health to dreams and desires to plans and routines to the precise location a person is at anytime. A good hacker could always know when a person is home, where they will be, what they will be doing, etc. The very nature of a backdoor makes a person’s life very vulnerable and susceptible to theft, fraud, and other more violent actions on their person.
Backdoors are Dangerous
Even in the theoretical event that a backdoor is solely used by the government, they are still very dangerous. A backdoor would also allow agents of the state to plant things on the phone of a citizen. Often, camera’s show police officers planting drugs on a person in order to get a conviction or in order to arrest them and get them to take a plea or to just straight up hurt people. This same thing surely has happened with federal child pornography laws, allowing the FBI to plant child pornography on innocent peoples computers and completely ruining their lives. As iPhones have become more prevalent, the rate of child pornography incidents of course have fallen. This rate could pick up again strongly when or if the FBI gets their unencumbered access. They can easily plant child pornography on anyone’s phones and put them away in jail or have their lives ruined. This scenario can be extrapolated to texting conversations revealing a crime, to false charges of terrorism based on things planted on the phone.
This is why we have a 4th amendment, to protect from this exact form of entrapment, blackmail and conspiracy against innocent citizens.