Apple is Gambling With Your Right to Privacy


Although most Apple users will tell you that Apple products are safe and secure, the truth is quite the opposite. While Apple holds the second spot for most vulnerabilities second only to Microsoft, iOS is second to none as being the most vulnerable mobile OS.  Add to that, the biggest invasion of privacy in recent times, and probably ever, commonly referred to as The Fappening, was thanks to a breach of people’s iCloud accounts. Which of course, Apple blamed on the users.

Obviously, someone at Apple must have been getting worried about public perception, as Apple now claims that even they have no access to getting in to their own encryption. Apple is now refusing lawful access to criminals devices using so called “Zero knowledge” encryption as an excuse.

BlackBerry has the longest history of keeping customer’s information safe and secure. No one else in the mobile space even comes close. As John Chen explained on Inside BlackBerry,  that while BlackBerry refuses to build in backdoors for governments, to the point of where they are willing to leave markets where this is demanded, they will comply with lawful access.

“We reject the notion that tech companies should refuse reasonable, lawful access requests. Just as individual citizens bear responsibility to help thwart crime when they can safely do so, so do corporations have a responsibility to do what they can, within legal and ethical boundaries, to help law enforcement in its mission to protect us.” John Chen

What happens when the most profitable tech company in the world suddenly tells governments that they will not abide by their laws?

Lawmakers strike back.

And everyone suffers.

Lawmakers in my home state of California are now trying to pass a bill that will ban devices with unbreakable encryption within the state. If passed, any phone sold that broke this law would subject the seller to a $2500 fine. A bill very much like this has been introduced in New York. Both these bills of course come after similar actions being taken in the UK. Internet-firms-to-be-banned-from-offering-out-of-reach-communications-under-new-laws.html

There was some backlash directed at BlackBerry in the blog post in which Chen explained BlackBerry’s stance on encryption. There was even worse being said over in the comments at Ars Technica  in their reporting of the post. To those that attacked BlackBerry’s stance;

BlackBerry has always kept our private matters private.

Companies should be using encryption to keep user’s data safe from criminals. Not criminals data safe.

Apple has consistently shown little interest in user’s privacy and security, and are now taking extreme action in response to many high profile breaches.

Apple’s extreme response is creating action by lawmakers, which is placing all our privacy at risk.

This is effectively a marketing strategy by Apple. Apple stated themselves that pulling the information from the drug dealer’s phone would “substantially tarnish the brand”. One must wonder if Apple is taking this action to push a government response. After all, if encryption is outlawed, Apple’s breaches wouldn’t look so bad would they?


Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs. Former BlackBerry Elite. When I'm not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you'll find me using my BlackBerry.