Obama told the South by Southwest techs, musicians and moviemakers that the time will soon arise when people will have to sacrifice their privacy for safety.
“If there is probable cause to think that you have abducted a child, or that you are engaging in a terrorist plot, or you are guilty of some serious crime […] law enforcement can appear at your doorstep and say ‘I have a warrant’ and go into your bedroom to rifle through your underwear and see if there’s any evidence of wrongdoing,” Obama said, making the argument that there should be no distinction between that type of situation or going through a locked or encrypted electronic device such as an iPhone.
Obama also stated that he wants to secure all electronic infrastructure and have capabilities to monitor it across the board.
People don’t seem to realize how serious this is and what is in store for us and our freedoms.
In the case of the DoJ vs. Apple, the Department of Justice is now claiming in their latest filing that they can force Apple to turn over their source code for iOS itself, so the government could make the appropriate modifications.
This is a threat of last resort. They are telling Apple that this is what they will demand if they don’t want to build the new OS to provide the back door that the government seeks and hackers will rejoice over.
The government has been battling companies and winning unbeknownst to the public but they decided to air this fight against Apple because the circumstances of the San Bernardino case are so horrific. They think they can win in the court of public opinion. They want to establish precedent forcing companies to break their own encryption.
Why can’t Americans have privacy on their phones? Because the government says so? Where will it stop? Will they spy on us through our Internet of Things.
We won’t have any rights or any privacy when these big government lovers are done with us.
Forget privacy, the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Amendments – they will all fall.