The FBI has unexpectedly backed off its privacy battle with Apple, as the agency cancelled a hearing set for Tuesday in its ongoing effort to force the tech company to break into one of the suspected San Bernardino shooter's iPhones, telling the court it had found a potential new way to access the data.
Apple's argument was never about the individual's right to privacy, but their own first amendment rights. They may have managed to protect their own right, but the government is still up to spying on individuals with and without their assistance. It's hard to know who to root for in this situation. Should corporations be answerable to government by the people? Is government surveillance more important than the rights/privileges of corporations to protect their patents and develop products? How has government derived the power from we the people to spy on us and force business to comply? How did a corporation's right to privacy supercede the individual's right to privacy?
Gee, what a shocker...NOT!
The "opposition" by Apple was a smokescreen, IMO...to assuage iPhone customers' fears of encroachment on their privacy when, in reality, with the use of their iPhones they relinquish their privacy. The mega-complexes across the nation that are part of the NSA and Dept of Homeland Security operations have erased any and all privacy in all forms of communication. The problem is they do not have the capacity to sort through all the data in a timely manner to ferret out the "enemy" as proven by the San Bernardino massacre by an Islamist extremist and his wife.
I that believe Edward Snowden already gave this story away, a week ago, when he said "Bullshit" about the government not being able to break the Apple I-Phone code.