Saturday, 27 February 2016

Tim Cook's Bad Apple

Apple Inc is wrong in refusing to help the FBI crack the iPhone of a dead terrorist.
Sam Harris makes the best case against Apple's stance.
In simple terms it's this: that just as we allow intrusion into private homes as a result of a judicial warrant, we should allow the same for access to an iPhone.
He considers the case where there might be a room in one's house which no-one, no matter what the reason, could enter.  The only people helped by this would be criminals (and terrorists).
Or what if you could encrypt your own DNA? Again, the only people to benefit would be criminals.
Here is Sam on the topic (08'40" to around 19'0"). I find his argument compelling and not covered in other discussions on the topic. Strong suggestion to listen to it.
And L.Gordon Crovitz in the WSJ here.
LATER: Sam talks more, in reply to reactions to his earlier podcast on the ethics of encryption.  (0'40" to 07'20).  For those on the side of Apple, he has a new term: "The cult of privacy".
There are some even saying this: "dead terrorists have the right to privacy".
Response: no, they don't. That's insanity.  The insanity of the privacy cultists.