January 15, 2020

Trump says Apple needs to ‘help our great country’ and unlock iPhones used by criminals

Chance Miller, writing for 9to5Mac:

Trump emphasized that the government is “helping Apple all of the time on trade and so many other issues.” Despite this, Apple refuses to break encryption for iPhones used “by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements,” Trump says.

I have a few thoughts on this:

  1. I’m not at all surprised Trump or AG Barr don’t understand encryption, either with how it works or why it’s important to have, and more importantly, why it’s dangerous to put a backdoor on an operating system. Worse, I’ll never expect them to care about any of this.
  2. I also understand Trump is speaking to his flock. I would guess much of that flock doesn’t understand any of this nor care to either.
  3. Dispute this bullshit rhetoric from the administration, the federal government can crack these phones if they choose to. They’re simply acting clueless about it to pigeonhole Apple into building backdoors into their OS… again, a bad idea.

All of this makes me want to bang my head against my desk. Every time it comes up, I hope it ends quietly and goes away. I have enough personal information on my devices that I don’t want it to be “child’s play” for it to be cracked. That needs to be at least something of a challenge. I think that’s something that applies to everyone.