Do you want your phone being hacked? Well the FBI wants the technology to do so. The FBI requested that Apple creates the software to allow the FBI to hack into terrorist's phones. Some are okay with this, but others have different views. Apple refusing to help the FBI was the right choice.
The FBI wanted to invade citizens’ privacy. According to Newsela, “Basic American rights were at stake, and the purpose of law is to protect people’s rights.” The author of Apple CEO was Right to Defend Basics also wrote, “The Fourth Amendment guarantees people this right to privacy. Individuals have the right to possess information without having to share it with the government.” The outcome of the FBI winning was also written in the article, “If the case had gone forward and the FBI had won, it would justify giving all governments the same powers the FBI wanted. When the time inevitably came, the U.S. government could hardly argue that a foreign government doesn’t have the same right to force companies to aid their investigations.” Giving up your phone privacy also means you are giving up your rights. The Fourth Amendment states that all American citizens have the right to possess private information. Taking away our privacy is taking away our basic American rights. Although the FBI doesn’t want to hack everyone’s phone, if someone else got ahold of this software then they could see everything everyone is doing. The FBI wants the technology to keep away terrorists, but there would still be a chance that terrorists somehow get this software, too. This would cause even more terrorist attacks. There is a very small chance that the United States will be able to stop terrorism, no matter what technology they have.
Although hacking into some phones can bring safety there is still a downside. According to Newsela, “And U.S. intelligence experts have warned for years that there may be several thousand Islamic terrorists embedded in America awaiting similar orders.” Even though giving up our phone privacy seems like a small price to pay for safety, is it really worth giving up your rights? Since the United States have endured many disastrous terrorist attacks, most people wouldn’t mind giving up their privacy for the safety of themselves and their loved ones. Privacy is a right, and as long as you live in the United States then you have these rights. Hacking into our phones and invading our privacy is against the law. If terrorist don’t have a phone they are still a threat to the U. S., so what’s the point of taking everyone’s privacy away? Although it is highly unlikely for the FBI to use this technology against us, if an enemy country somehow got ahold of the technology we could be in big trouble. A lot of people wouldn’t want to take the risk, or just don’t want the software that is able to hack into their phones to exist.
The FBI would also be forcing Apple to make software they don’t have. The article also states that the FBI was demanding products that Apple doesn’t have, “Consider what the FBI asked Apple to do. The FBI did not ask Apple to turn over information it already had. This was nothing like a search warrant. Apple did not have the information the FBI was seeking — and never had it.” Not only was the FBI asking for advanced technology, but they were also asking for Apple to make that technology. Although the FBI could have gotten the software if Apple had already produced it, they couldn’t because they have absolutely no right to. In the Fourth Amendment it states that the government can use technology if they have a search warrant, but it says nothing about forcing a company to manufacture technology for them.
Apple refusing to help the FBI was the right choice. The FBI wants to have access to citizens’ private information. Just because it could bring safety, hacking phones also has many downsides. Apple doesn’t even have the software the FBI is asking for.