Nations like Malaysia look to the US as a source of inspirations and guidance. Should the US government enforce a SOP for tech device companies to code a backdoor for them not only will hackers be happy but so will dictators the world over. The world will turn on its head like Inception world.
Just like after 9/11 with the Patriot Act, this whole issue is an attempt to exploit the fear of terrorism to get citizens to support a diminution of their privacy and digital security by the FBI and other police agencies. They have been less than honest with the American people, have played fast and loose with our civil liberties and think they have a right to turn our privately purchased consumer devices into a 1984 like portable version of Big Brother.
Congress needs to stop playing 24/7/365 politics and get to work on a legal framework to outline and protect the privacy rights of citizens and put clear limits upon law enforcement in the digital age. Chief Justice Roberts mentioned “that cell phones are more than simple communication” devices in a recent ruling and told cops to get a warrant regarding some aspects of digital privacy. Instead of clandestine rulings by courts out of citizen oversight, we need laws that show what privacy rights citizens should expect, what companies selling devices and services should provide and what boundaries exist for law enforcement.
Apple is right on this issue and as day goes by, more and more people and groups are joining them on this matter. The FBI cannot bring back one victim by hacking the iOS operating system that runs iPhones and iPads, but they seek a back door that could compromise all of our devices security.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin