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Old 02-19-2016, 06:37 PM   #81
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In this case, as I read in an earlier quoted article, the court order was not about Apple building a backdoor, but to assist the FBI in breaking into this particular phone and this phone only. It does not appear to be that easy to be done routinely on any Joe and Jane Blow whenever the FBI wants to.
I have no training in law but my understanding is that everyone is concerned about the precedent this case may set. E.g.

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“The law operates on precedent, so the fundamental question here isn’t whether the FBI gets access to this particular phone,” said Julian Sanchez, a surveillance law expert at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute in Washington. “It’s whether a catch-all law from 1789 can be used to effectively conscript technology companies into producing hacking tools and spyware for the government.”
from Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple | Technology | The Guardian

Perhaps this is a slippery slope fallacy and there's no real precedent issue. But I haven't seen any rebuttals of that assumption. If there is no precedent at stake here, I'd be interesting in learning why not.
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I think this is all about picking the most "sympathetic" case to set a precedent and force tech companies to put in back doors.

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Ding ding ding... we have a winner.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/te...-fbi.html?_r=0

The FBI has been asking Apple to provide a backdoor since the new security rolled out - over 100 phones prior to the San Bernadino shooter's phone.

It's about marketing. The government chose this phone to go public and to try and sway the American public to pressure Apple.
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Yes, but there are people with strong feelings on each side of the debate. I think it is lose-lose for Apple in many people's minds. I don't think they can just "get it over with and move on".

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Didn't I see the Apple CEO on tv yesterday claiming that Apple doesn't have the software or other ability to open the phone? If you believe him, does the FBI expect Apple to devote resources to develop the method?

Of course we need to do everything we can to combat terrorism. Except trample all over the Constitution to get it done.
Yes, the FBI expects Apple to devote resources to develop software/technology to open the phone. They've been on Apple's case to develop a backdoor for years.
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Yeah. What I mean is minimize your losses by just doing what you know you're eventually going to do anyway. Every day resisting just makes it worse.
OK, that is probably a good idea. If you are going to piss off some people, just get it over with. The delay just gets both sides seething at you in the interim.

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Yeah. What I mean is minimize your losses by just doing what you know you're eventually going to do anyway. Every day resisting just makes it worse.
I'm glad Apple doesn't see it that way. If they are going to be forced by the US govt to move in a certain direction they think is wrong and against their customers interests, let the arguments be fully public.
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I'm glad Apple doesn't see it that way. If they are going to be forced by the US govt to move in a certain direction they think is wrong and against their customers interests, let the arguments be fully public.
This'll be a trial held in the court of public opinion, I suspect.

And as the gov't is historically quite inept at 'marketing' a position, I'll keep my heavy Apple holdings for the time being.

I may disagree with Apple's position but you can't eat philosophy.
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This'll be a trial held in the court of public opinion, I suspect.

And as the gov't is historically quite inept at 'marketing' a position, I'll keep my heavy Apple holdings for the time being.

I may disagree with Apple's position but you can't eat philosophy.
As long as there are court cases fully documenting any precedent set in addition to any public opinion trial, that's OK. It's the former that will shape the future. The latter is ephemeral - public opinion has a very short memory.
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As long as there are court cases fully documenting any precedent set in addition to any public opinion trial, that's OK. It's the former that will shape the future. The latter is ephemeral - public opinion has a very short memory.
As long as they keep paying dividends and the price goes up I don't care much either way.

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Yes, but there are people with strong feelings on each side of the debate...
Not me. I am quite individualistic, and do not want the government to tell me what to do when my actions or choices cause no harm to anybody else.

But the truth is that much of our life is dictated by the government already, that this privacy issue is not that big a deal to me, as long as Joe the neighbor policeman cannot eavesdrop into my phone conversation any time he feels like it.

I guess I give up this fight long ago. People want a "strong" government to guarantee them security, in financial and economic matters as well as healthcare, and now want to keep their personal phone info private, even when there's a court order and for just causes? Hah!

Talk about the slippery slope. I don't know how far we are from the bottom of that slope, but I know that we are way off the top.
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This all is covered, IMO, by the old Benjamin Franklin quote - They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

There's also the old Pastor Niemöller poem:


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Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
I support Apple's right to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court. And I hope they prevail.
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Donald Trump called for a boycott of Apple until they comply.

Apple has turned over iCloud backups of the phone. The most recent of which was from 6 weeks before the crime.

Apparently after the crime, someone in the county which owned the iPhone changed the iCloud password, which prevented the locked iPhone from doing an iCloud backup.
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Apparently after the crime, someone in the county which owned the iPhone changed the iCloud password, which prevented the locked iPhone from doing an iCloud backup.
The owner of the phone is the employer. The employer changed the cloud password.
As I noted earlier, Farook and his wife destroyed their personal phones. Thus emloying truly unbreakable encryption.
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I support Apple's right to fight this all the way to the Supreme Court. And I hope they prevail.
I am neutral, but like to see it go to the SC too. But I would bet Apple to fail, given recent trends.
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This all is covered, IMO, by the old Benjamin Franklin quote - They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ...

First (and maybe a minor point), that quote does not mean what people think it means (context is important):

https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-ben...in-really-said

Ben Franklin's Famous 'Liberty, Safety' Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century : NPR

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... So far from being a pro-privacy quotation, if anything, it's a pro-taxation and pro-defense spending quotation. ...
But I'll still argue it based on the oft-accepted meaning. To live in society means giving up all sorts of freedoms. I'm not free to drive 90 mph in a school zone, or play 120 dB accordion in front of your house at 3 AM. And I like to be protected against people who would do that to me. That doesn't make my life worse, it makes it better. But you do have to sacrifice a bit to gain a lot. True, my examples are not "essential" liberties, but I'm using them to make a point.


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There's also the old Pastor Niemöller poem:
And I'm not advocating violating people's privacy based on race/religion/political-leaning or anything else. But only when they are suspected criminals, and warrants (or whatever official authorization is required) have been obtained through proper channels.

There are shades of gray here. It is not black/white, all or nothing, one-size-fits-all.


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That's a legitimate process, so we are in agreement there. I haven't heard the arguments, so I can't say whether I think they should prevail or not.

I don't have any issue at all with the govt violating the privacy of suspected criminals, if procedures and checks/balances are followed. Whether Apple should be required to break into a phone is a tougher question, and maybe they don't even have the capability, and maybe it risks their entire security model. It's complicated, I just don't know.

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So, you say you have nothing to hide?

The old master rose gardener, "Chuckles" Beria agrees:

"If you have done nothing wrong, comrade, then you have nothing to fear."
- Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria (1899 - 1953), chief of the Soviet Secret Police (NKVD) under Stalin

Bear in mind that once collected, information is forever. The rules, not so much.

The rules may change
. Once the surveillance and access is in place to enforce rules you may agree with, the ruleset being enforced can change in ways you do not agree with at all. Always consider how a system can be abused by a power worse than a relatively benevolent one.

It's not you who determines if you have something to fear. You may think you are clean, but if you happen to set off a red flag in an automated oversight system, you will be placed under a bureaucratic microscope. You might think you are squeaky clean, but when viewed by an outsider who expects to find something suspicious, some of your activity will be suspicious. Breakfast on Tuesday morning with some other old pharts at the coffee shop? Organized subversive conspiracy, especially after they review the tape with that political rant...

And that assumes that the surveillance and collection even has the correct data...

Laws must be broken for society to progress; that is, if a society actually enforces all its laws it will stop dead in its tracks. Or when driving through town, do you keep the car under seven miles an hour, and have a man waving a red lantern walking ahead of the vehicle? If a frog is killed in a frog-jumping competition, it may not be eaten (CA Fish & Game Code 6883). You didn't buy a cold ginger ale in that store, did you (Indiana Code 7.1-3-10-5)? And of course, nobody ever commits adultery in Michigan (Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931 Sect. 750.30). You may be committing multiple crimes every day already.

Privacy is a basic human need
. You really have nothing to hide? You won't mind if we install these cameras in your bedroom and bathroom, then. Don't worry, under the current rules only select agents will have access to the camera feeds. And we promise not to keep the recordings too long...
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I am neutral, but like to see it go to the SC too. But I would bet Apple to fail, given recent trends.

With Scalia dying, that is probably one less vote for privacy... if that is what you mean by recent trends...
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It's not about privacy, because the law never protects a criminal's privacy. There's no privacy in jail, right? It's about forcing Apple to do what it does not want to do. But let's put that aside for now.

Back on what the FBI wants Apple to do, BBC has a very good description. See: Apple v the FBI - a plain English guide - BBC News. This has an excerpt from the formal court document.

Basically, the FBI wants Apple to first disable the "auto erase" feature on the phone, which would activate after 10 failed attempts on the passcode. This would allow exhaustive search of all 10,000 combinations of the 4-digit code. Some software mod is needed to facilitate the trial of all these combinations.

One important thing to be noted is that the FBI allows this to be done at Apple's lab, and does not ask to have this special software itself. Thus, Apple retains control of this special software, and can destroy it afterwards. It does not have to give the FBI this code.

What Tim Cook said was this:
"The U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

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."
Apple will be controlling this special software and the government does not ask to have it. If Apple does not trust itself to not leak it to hackers, I wonder how users can trust Apple not to lose other users' data that is backed up on its cloud.
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