It’s actually “security”, not just “privacy”. It’s also just what the “Patriot Act” unlocked for the “war on terror”.
Didn’t the NSA record everything? What are we paying those guys for if they aren’t doing their job?
I guess that’s why the need some tools to start again. I have not noticed the government being fussy about adhering to the letter of the law. It is a bit ironic that they are stopped by good crypto but government servers get hacked all the time.
This hands the government a major victory in the balance between privacy and security. As encryption has gotten progressively more sophisticated the government has pushed for more powerful legal tools to defeat it, arguing the urgency of counterterrorism and crime fighting as drivers. What makes this interesting (were it not our privacy on the line) is what kind of warrant would be issued that the government can not issue without outside assistance. This is different from traditional assumptions that law enforcement can forcibly conduct a search or seizure with minimal aid from third parties. The result is a contest that is legally about Apple’s right to be left alone.
So put a bunch of whiz kids on a secure, non-internet connected computer and have them have at it!And when they figure it out, open the phone and delete /destroy the program!But again, how many bad guys have gone to severe encryption?And to paraphrase the NRA, the only way to stop a bad guy with encryption is a good guy with encryption!
I hope they can’t force Apple to do this, and hope that don’t do worse either.