If companies like Apple, Google and Facebook don’t take their technologies seriously people are not going to take them seriously. So obviously, even when it is a matter of life and death, these companies act as if their privacy policies are more important than the lives of people who actually purchase their devices. Recently when the FBI asked Apple to help the agency unlock the iPhone of the terrorist (I wonder why different American publications call him a terror suspect rather than a terrorist) Syed Rizwan Farook the company refused and Google and Facebook extended their support to Apple. But it seems Americans have a clearer notion of what is to be done under such circumstances.
A Pew research report has revealed that more than 51% Americans want Apple to help the FBI unlocked the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone compared to 38% that support Apple’s decision not to comply. 1002 adults were interviewed between February 18-21. 56% Republicans and 55% Democrats said that Apple should unlock the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone and help the FBI solve the case completely. So across the political ideological spectrum people have chosen safety first. The Independents have a lower level of such an opinion. Only 45% say that Apple should help the FBI unlock the iPhone and 42% say that it shouldn’t.
There is a clear divide between those who own a smartphone and those who don’t. It has been revealed that more people who own a smartphone don’t want Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone – for example, 50% people who own a smartphone want Apple to unlock the phone and 41% say that it shouldn’t. Among those who don’t own a smartphone, 52% say that Apple should help and 33% say that Apple shouldn’t. What about those who own an iPhone? 47% say that Apple should help the FBI and 43% feel that it could compromise the security of those using the iPhone.
This conflict is always going to be there as long as there is confusion between people’s right to privacy and the safety of life and property. Just imagine, you feel the life of your kids is in danger and they can be safer if the iPhone can be unblocked – just a hypothetical scenario. What would you want? Will you be worried about your privacy being compromised or you will be worried about somebody not detonating a bomb at your local mall?