Apple say that FBI could force them to turn your phone into CCTV
The tussle over everyone's personal privacy is getting very real, as the FBI and Apple continue to lock horns. Apple say that, should the FBI win their case and get a back-door to Apple devices, it is only a matter of time before governments are forcing Apple to turn on iPhone cameras and microphones.
With visuals and audio being opened up, they'll basically become mobile CCTV devices for people in the government.
This is all according to Apple's head of services Eddy Cue. He said to Univision: “Someday they will want [Apple] to turn on [a user’s] camera or microphone. We can’t do that now, but what if we’re forced to do that? Where will this stop? In a divorce case? In an immigration case? In a tax case? Some day, someone will be able to turn on a phone’s microphone. That should not happen in this country."
This argument is the result of the FBI trying to unlock a single phone, which belonged to one of the San Bernardino killers. Should Apple modify the iOS code for government agents, then we could be headed for a whole load of trouble.
Of course, Apple is supported in all of this by their peers in the technology world. Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google, have all thrown their weight behind Apple - of course, the latter is the provider of the most popular OS in the world, Android.
There's an argument that weakening the encryption on mobiles will actually help criminals, rather than hinder them, as they utilise any exploits for their own nefarious means. Obviously, tech companies don't want to side with anyone associated with terrorism, and are thinking of people's privacy which should be respected.
Either way, this case is going to get heated when Apple and the FBI go to federal court to contest the order. Definitely one to keep an eye on.