— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 17, 2016
Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.
The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.
Encrypting our communications is a good step, but we need to do more.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for law enforcement to track down “evildoers” – and called for a “much better, more cooperative relationship” with Apple, Google, and other tech companies that are building uncrackable private communication apps into their new products.
Well, I hadn’t planned on voting for Bush – but this solidifies it. It just shows once again that the current Republican party is not the liberty loving group they profess to be. It is Authoritarianism shrouded in Conservatism…