Why the case against Apple it’s important for Bitcoin community?
Last December it perpetrated a terrorist attack in San Bernardino California, where 2 persons with guns opened fire on civilians, which resulted in the death of 14 people. After starting the investigations of the crime, the FBI has requested Apple their collaboration for decrypting content of an iPhone that belongs to one of the terrorists involved. This is because the device is provided with a software developed by Apple that automatically deletes all information if you were decoding the password by brute force, so that the FBI has not yet been able to access the information provided on the phone and they argue that such information is of utmost importance to clarify the facts.
Meanwhile, Apple, refuses to violate its own system, because they argue that this would have unintended consequences on the security of all its clients.
But what relation has this case with the Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies?
It is important to note that the Governments for some time want to have control over the crypto-currency, they have tried on several occasions legislate and regulate, to not say that have control of the use of such currency. As well be given the role of the FBI against Apple, this would set a precedent because the encrypted information would no longer be something completely safe. In fact it wouldn’t make sense the privacy and anonymity afforded by bitcoin, explains Tim Cook director General of Apple, who wrote in a communique:
“The Government indicates that this tool could be use only once, on a phone. But that, simply, is not true. Once created, this technique could be used over and over again, in any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key able to open hundreds of millions of locks, from restaurants to banks to stores to homes”.
And we perfectly know, that once violated the security of a device encrypted, with research purposes, Governments will not stop there, because also says it the managing of the FBI, James Comey, who argues that access to phones would
investigate terrorist cases, but “mostly” for investigations of local and state police. (His statement is 1:05 hours of the following video).
Apple has taken a step forward and asked that be reversed the court order which was imposed for unlocking the phone in question, claiming that the FBI was violating a constitutional right, to freedom of expression, because a court in 1999
ordered that computer code should be considered a form of expression.
It sees a light for Apple and for the community that support the decision of the company?
As well, the company has a precedent in a previous drug trafficking case where a New York judge, ruled that Apple may not be forced to give the FBI access code of an iPhone linked to a criminal case. However this decision was based on a very old
law, which protects citizens to non-criminality, because there’s not possibility of forcing owners of phones to provide their password of lock. However, some believe that this law cannot be applied in this case, meanwhile intends to attack the company, with insinuations about their “anti-American” and moral values, as says Bruce Sewell advisory legal of the company in a communique:
“In 30 years of practice, I don’t think having seen a legal written with the intention of smearing the other side with false accusations and insinuations, and less with the intention of focusing on the real merits of the case”.
Clearly, it’s disquieting the development of this judgment, and the implications on the technological life we have today. Although, what happened in San Bernardino was a horrible event, if there’s no iPhone, the FBI would be forced to look for
evidence by other means, the possibilities are endless, however this fact can be used as an excuse to become a great power on the “Privacy” of the citizens.
What’s your position about this case? Would you let that your information be vulnerable to access by an external force? Leave us your comment.
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