Nobody Gets to Play With iPhone’s Privacy – Creating Backdoors to Find Criminals Is Not The Right Solution, Claims Apple's Executive

In 2018, at Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Apple grabbed a lot of attention due to their billboard marketing tactics in Las Vegas. The billboard boasts that what happens on iPhone device, stays in the iPhone. How many of us agree with it?

Now in 2019 Apple made its official appearance in the CES trad show and was forced to answer queries about encryption. Apple’s senior director, Jane Horvath sat with a panel of representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, Procter & Gamble, and Facebook.

"Building back doors into [Apple's] encryption [system] is not the way we are going to solve the issues [related to child abuse and terrorism]", said Horvath.

We all know-how difficult it is to get into a locked Apple phone, nearly impossible. Apple is very strict about its position on encryption. Apple argued in the conference on helping the law enforcement agencies in criminal investigations as they have limited ability to crack into user devices.

Recently, FBI asked Apple to release data from the iPhone of a person, who was suspected shooter and was involved in the killings of three people. Apple has its policies to respect user’s privacy and provide the utmost protection, so their data do not fall in the wrong hands. Other than that, Apple can only help others in case the user has stored their data on Apple’s servers, otherwise, the company needs to build software to reach it.

Apple has dedicated teams that specifically works to answer law enforcement agencies’ requests, however, the company is not in favor of coming up with new software to extract data from locked phones. It will simply not help the company to fight against terrorism.

In a similar case some time ago, FBI gained access to the user’s data through a vendor and not Apple itself. The company can only help the agencies with the data they have on them, but the development of software to cater to their requests is very unlikely.

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