In the new last week, Tim Cook for Apple came out with an announcement that unlocking the terrorist iPhone from San Bernardino would not be possible without creating a dangerous back door for hackers. With this, he has sparked a debate and brought much attention to online privacy and security.
People seem to be divided on how they view the situation. On one hand, unlocking the iPhone would aid the quest to root out terrorism and protect our citizens from future attacks. On the other, unlocking the phone could create a slippery slope when it comes to our privacy as individuals and leave ourselves vulnerable to cyber attacks or hacks.
It has been said that as time goes by after a terrorist attack, public opinion begins to sway away from giving up our rights as citizens to ensure our protection towards trying to maintain our privacy. When the emotion is slowly removed from the case, it helps people think about the situation more rationally and take a more objective standpoint.
As technology progresses, we face greater risks as people as long as our focus on cyber attacks remains low. it is important that we remain focused on improving security so that we can keep our data safe and out of the hands of criminals. Whether or not Apple was wrong in this situation, this announcement helped remind us that our online privacy is something we should always be concerned about.