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March 22, 2016

Current Events: Apple Security vs. the FBI

If you’ve turned on the news lately, you’ve probably seen the debate being stirred around the Apple vs. the FBI case.  But, you may be wondering what all of the fuss is about.  Well, simply put, it’s a matter of security vs. privacy and just how far you can push those boundaries without blurring them.

What would you think if the FBI were able to force Samsung to turn on the video camera in your smart TV?  What if they could force Google to deliver a “security update” to your Internet browser that’s actually a bug sent to spy on you, transmitting all of your passwords and private information back to the FBI?

All of this sounds like the premise to a Tom Cruise, sci-fi flick, but in fact, this is what’s at stake when it comes to Apple vs. the FBI.  If Apple loses its fight with the US government, these sci-fi scenarios could become reality, threatening the security of all Internet users.

Tagged: Civil Rights, Criminal Law, technology