General public largely oblivious to ramifications of Apple’s fight against U.S. government overreach

“The FBI’s recent attempt to kick down the encryption ‘back door’ of a terrorist’s iPhone in court should have sent a shiver of dread through the world’s nearly half-billion iPhone users, according to civil libertarians and Apple itself,” Bruce Newman reports for The Mercury News. “But, mostly, it did no such thing. With Congress poised to consider draft legislation that would give the FBI — or any law enforcement agency with a court-ordered warrant — the right to examine everyone’s encrypted data, the other back-door-kicking shoe appears ready to drop.”

“But even as the two sides square off in the ongoing struggle between security and privacy, Brent Fried — a University of California, Berkeley junior who was rushing into the International House Cafe to study for midterms this week — pulled out his iPhone’s earbuds and shrugged,” Newman reports. “‘I don’t understand why it’s such a huge deal,’ he said. ‘It hasn’t been much of an issue for me.’ Fried acknowledged he’d read about the FBI’s challenge to the sanctity of his Farmville crop rotation schedule, but said, ‘I’ve been focused on other things in my life.'”

“Privacy advocates shudder at the thought that their fellow Americans have become so addicted to technology that they lose sight of the implications,” Newman reports. “Security v. Privacy can seem like a political abstraction — until the data being strip-searched are yours… With the court case making headlines in February, a Pew Research Center survey revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed Apple should unlock the iPhone to assist the FBI’s investigation, while only 38 percent sided with Apple — and the presumption of privacy.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fools.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
— T. S. Eliot

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings. — Helen Keller

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin

Dianne Feinstein’s response to Apple-FBI dispute is bad for privacy, security – April 8, 2016
White House declines to support legislation to defeat strong encryption – April 7, 2016
U.S. Senator Wyden pledges to fight limits on encryption – March 31, 2016
California Democrat Diane Feinstein backs U.S. government overreach over Apple – March 10, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Thelonious Mac” for the heads up.]


    1. And I could point out exactly the same for the GW Bush administration, who pulled their own abominations on We The People. All in all, two worthless political parties and one mass of US citizen obliviousness. And look at what we get to choose from this November.
      *GAG* :-Q*****

      1. I’ve always been an optimist but this meltdown with the Republicans, and to a lesser degree Democrats, leaves me just stunned. Interestingly, the same thing is happening with European governments on the left as well. People are deeply unhappy with the political parties they’ve supported for years and they’re lashing out with their votes saying, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!” It’s unfocused anger that allows the crazys (Bernie – you can have it all for free) and the dangerous (Trump – too many scary things to mention) to get the ear of the dissatisfied. The establishment, left and right, has failed its core constituents. People aren’t buying what they’re selling any more – they’ve seen through the lies and hypocrisy. But there’s no one decent to turn to. I mean, who in their right mind would want to run for president anyway?

        Tim Cook for president anyone?

        1. The “who in their right mind would want to run for President” problem is deep. I could go into an analysis involving personality clashes, diplomacy skills, intellectual barriers, the appeal of vacuous charisma, ad nauseam. It’s a very old problem.

          Then throw in the incentives on BOTH sides to bust the budget year after year for the sake of pet forms of insanity. *shiver*

          On and on. There are plenty of excellent leaders in the world, but they don’t want the stress of dealing with the crazies of any extreme that are drawn to politics.

        2. It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
          – Douglas Adams, ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’

  1. Nice article presenting some different aspects of the topic, though skimming over one I deem important:

    “The FBI’s recent attempt to kick down the encryption “back door” of a terrorist’s iPhone in court should have sent a shiver of dread through the world’s nearly half-billion iPhone users, according to civil libertarians and Apple itself. But, mostly, it did no such thing.”

    Of course it did no such thing, people of the free and civilized world have learned that any arsenal at one’s disposal is worth nothing if there is no morality and ethics behind it. We know who’s side God is on, we know who’s side humanity is on, and it’s not on the side of those who torture others and hold them indefinitely denying them justice. It’s that simple, a moron can understand it.

    The other thing in the article that made me laugh was the comment about Security v. Privacy. Who made that fragmentation? Security is part of privacy. I’m constantly astonished by nimrods who try to separate the front of the door from the back of the door.

  2. i’m just a stupid girl ..and a punk …and even i get it. what happened that people coming out of today’s schools, public and private, don’t have a clue why there even is a nation called america ..why we have checks and balances against the power hungry, why so many of our ancestors fought against a world power monarchy and earned their liberty and ours, too. wtf

      1. my generation is spoiled rotten ..very generally speaking ..coddled by hi-tech, …taught by yesterday’s free-love anarchists and idiot radical poets

      2. Both is not precluded from the class of answers to your question, Derek. Just because it was intentional by some persons who planned the stupefaction of society, does not mean that we did not participate in its implementation by carelessness as we ignored the signs as we went about our day-to-day activities, too busy to either take notice, or take up arms against the plans of those who were implementing that stupefaction. We allowed our children to take classes that did not teach them how to think and learn for themselves, but rather to follow in lock-step the know-nothing group-think mindset that is the hallmark of too many these days.

        1. Somehow, I went to excellent local public schools. Bless my parents for moving us into that school district! I didn’t realize this until many years later when I heard from many people what relative crap they had for schooling. It very much bothers me.

          1. I also had the benefit of excellent public schooling, but that started in 1954 and finished in 1967. I went to great lengths to assure my two girls got excellent grounding in elementary school. When we moved to another city in 1978, we bought a house in an excellent school district, but when our elder daughter reached kindergarten age, we actually got an inter district transfer to place her in the lesser quality school district of the larger city next to us, because they had an excellent Gifted and Talented Education program for our daughter who had a very high IQ. She was the first kindergartner in their GATE program! She was the joined a day later by another little girl in a K-3rd Grade combined classroom of all gifted kids who were allowed to work at their grade levels. Funny thing, my daughter’s last name was Smith and the second little girl’s name was Jones. For a couple of weeks, the entire Kindergarten class was made up of Smith and Jones. . . LOL!

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.