Decryption code in hands of FBI could pose personal security risks


(WLNS) – The Federal government has mandated Apple CEO Tim Cook to develop a decryption code to be able to get through the password security to help with the San Bernardino investigation, and local experts say this “back door” decryption could end up effecting people locally.

“If we give the tools that can provide law enforcement with access to everything about a person, how will it be used, and when will it be used,” Michigan State Professor of Criminal Justice Tom Holt asked.

Holt said if the federal government gets a hold of this universal key to decrypt every Apple phone, it introduces a threat where everyone’s personal privacy may be violated.

The government does have the ability to crack the code themselves without the need for a back door option where everyone is at risk.

“I believe that the head of the FBI has it wrong where he says that we can have both. You can have your cake and eat it too, that’s not right,” Michigan State Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Richard Enbody said.

The issue raises a philosophical question of privacy versus security, which leaves Apple users in a possibly uncomfortable and questionable position.

“I don’t know if it is exactly the best thing for the government to tell Apple to do it,” MSU Applied Engineering student and Apple user Jeff Caman said.

The major concern is if this technology is given to the Federal government, there is a possibility for it to be used at state and local law enforcement agencies as well, making personal property not so personal anymore.

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