The high-tech issue of encryption has been in the headlines lately as the FBI has taken Apple to court to demand they crack the iPhone security features so the FBI can continue their investigation into the tragic San Bernardino shooting. While it sounds like a simple case, it is an overwhelming story.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that creating a so-called Master Key that bypasses security features is out of the question, as it would make all iPhone users vulnerable to attack by hackers, cyber criminals and authoritarian regimes that would also like access to people’s private iPhones. As Oliver notes, if Apple capitulates to U.S. demands, it’s likely that China and Russia would demand similar access. This so “Master key” can be thought of the key to “Pandora’s Box”

Apple’s refusal to create a backdoor that would help the FBI hack into an iPhone that once belonged to a terrorist caused a number of reactions from businessmen, IT experts and politicians. John Oliver remarks, “There is no easy side to be on in this debate. Strong encryption has its costs, from protecting terrorists, to drug dealers, to child pornographers. But I happen to feel that the risks of weakening encryption, even a little bit, even just for the government, are potentially much worse.”

I agree with John Oliver in the sense that it is hard to choose a side in this debate. I feel as though we all have rights to our privacy but only to an extent; and that extent would be when it becomes a threat to other people. In this case, I think it would be best not to hack into an alleged terrorists phone because it would encourage deeper encryption. Since I feel that national security should be highly regarded, I am torn in this debate. What are your thoughts/position on this ethical issue?


Locker, Melissa. “John Oliver Cracks The Encryption Debate On ‘Last Week Tonight'” Time. Time, 14 Mar. 2016. Web. 01 May 2016.



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