The iPhone and the iOS ecosystem in general has been accused countless times of being favorable to malicious actors such as terrorist by the U.S. government and the FBI in particular. There have been many accusations against the iPhone and against Tim Cook saying that the encryption that Apple uses in its smartphones is a tool for terrorist to communicate and it prevents law enforcement from taking action against such behavior. As usual, the government is accusing the iPhone and the encryption that its users benefit from of restricting authority access to crucial information which could be needed for investigation purposes. According to authorities, regardless of whether they have a court order or not, they cannot access information stored on a suspect’s iPhone. As such, new accusations get very offensive against Apple as authorities start pointing multiple fingers at Apple for “supporting terrorism”.
As a disclaimer, be aware that these statements do not come from Load the Game or myself for that matter, as they come from various government actors who have openly voiced concerns about encryption over the years. Users are fond of the encryption that Apple offers in all of their iPhone models as it facilitates privacy and security, the very thing that authorities are not attacking.
Most recently, Manhattan attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said that the iPhone is “the communication device of choice for terrorists”. According to Vance “Apple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents. That’s going to be the terrorists’ communication device of choice.” Throwing the iPhone and Apple into the same bag as terrorists is clearly offensive to Apple product users and to the company itself, as everybody knows that encryption used by Apple does not exist for the purpose of supplying means for terrorists to communicate and Apple clearly has nothing to do with extremist organizations.
Still, authorities are being more and more vocal about the iPhone and the encryption it uses and stressing the fact that it hinders investigations more and more, on a daily basis. Although the tech community is not taking these offensive statements to heart, there still remains a certain degree of uncertainty in the air as people begin to wonder what impact these accusations will have on the iPhone and its users. Most users are confident that the tech community and iPhone users and fans will not break in front of statements that are clearly made in order to instigate to uncertainty and fear. Privacy is a right for everyone.