And just a few days ago, a U.S. federal judge ordered Apple to do that, the federal order was issued asking for Apple to help the FBI crack into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the attackers in the shooting at San Bernardino, California.
Apple, however, is opposing the judge's order to help the FBI break into the iPhone of Syed Farook, calling the directive "an overreach by the U.S. government."
According to Apple CEO, Tim Cook, granting a backdoor access to the iPhone for the federal government to access encrypted data would create "chilling" implications that could undermine the privacy of all users.
While the intentions of the FBI are both noble and good, the implications of this case could be dangerous for general adoption of the Internet of Things.
Even as privacy has been at the center of users' reservations, with the FBI request that Apple should produce a new version of the iPhone operating system with circumvented key security features to decode Farook's phone.
Cook objected that, "in the wrong hands, this software - which does not exist today - would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone's possession." As once produced, the technique could be used over and over again, and on as many devices as wanted.
With so much pressure from the U.S. government, if eventually Apple should compromise, convincing users to trust that their private information will not be shared or subject to scrutiny in a criminal proceedings, will present big obstacle to full adoption of new technologies.
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