Thursday, September 10, 2015
Apple And Microsoft Have Disagreed To Hand Over Data To The Federal Government
Another case that has resurfaced in court is the case with Microsoft. This case goes back to December 2013, when Microsoft refused to comply to a warrant issued by the courts for emails in an investigation of drug trafficking.
The main argument being made by these two tech companies is that they have encrypted systems and thus they cannot give out that information. Part of the reason that they have encrypted their systems is because of the NSA info leak that happened a couple of years ago. They encrypted their systems because some of the information that leaked out seemed to point to the fact that the government had been hacking the private systems of these big tech companies and had access to their information.
The discussions and court arguments between lawyers have subdued for the time being, but a decision on this issue could be crucial to setting a standard on weather or not the federal government has the right to people's personal information that these tech companies have in their possession. Much like Marbury vs Madison where the judicial branch established itself the power to control whether laws are or aren't constitutional, the result of these two cases can decide weather the government has the right to access necessary information from tech companies when it is needed for a case. Personally, and I know a lot of people disagree with this, I would not have a problem if the government obtained access to peoples phone and computer records, but only when its believed that doing so can help prevent any attacks or catch criminals. I think a lot of people have a problem with this because they do not have trust that the federal government would act responsibly with this information, and some people just feel that they need to have some sort of personal privacy, otherwise what's the point of having freedom if the federal government has the ability to watch your every move. I can see this point of view, but I believe that security should always be a priority because protecting the lives of people is always a priority.
Something to think about:
Should the federal government have access to peoples phone and computer data when it will help in preventing an attack or catching a criminal? If so, who decides when its necessary to have this access and when its unnecessary?
Articles: Cnet, NYTimes