We, as a society, have certain expectations for our government and law enforcement such as keeping us safe from terrorists and making sure past attacks don’t happen again. However with recent attacks, like the Westminster Bridge terror attack and the San Bernardino shooters, our law enforcement seems to be getting push back.
When I say push back I’m talking about the struggle the F.B.I. and U.K. government have had trying to unencrypt the attacker’s encrypted messages.
The Washington Post’s reported that, “Apple vows to resist FBI demand to crack iPhone linked to San Bernardino attacks.” Where as, Facebook, the parent company of WhatsApp, stated, “We are horrified at the attack carried out in London and are cooperating with law enforcement as they continue their investigations,” to Fox News.
Privacy is always important but is it more important than our safety? The line has become not only fuzzy but also a double standard. Our society wants law enforcement to stop terrorists and prevent future attacks but not if it compromises our privacy.
I would rather companies find a way to cooperate with the government to unencrypt messages, sacrificing some, NOT ALL, of my privacy. Where would you draw the line?