On Feb. 16, a federal judge ordered Apple to cooperate with the FBI’s request mandating them to create new software to allow the FBI to break through the passcode of an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter, despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s opposition to the request. According to CNN, Apple considers the order to be “an overreach by the U.S. government” and an act that would “lead to a police state.” I completely agree. According to CNN, Cook warns that “opening a backdoor” to the iPhone could lead to a dangerous threat that would enable hackers the ability to potentially harm iPhone users. I also believe that if forced to create a code, Apple would be assisting in giving the government limitless powers.
Despite the desire to obtain any crucial information that may be on the shooter’s iPhone, there needs to be consideration for how this will impact all iPhone users. From 2012 until now, the number of iPhone users has steadily increased. According to Statista Inc., a leading online statistics company, over 44 million people in the United States used iPhones in 2012. That number jumped to nearly 58 million the following year. Since then, the number has increased, reaching 94 million iPhones in the United States in 2015, reported by CNET, a technology and consumer electronics website. Although we want answers to explain the San Bernardino shooting, this infringement of public privacy by the government would be unconstitutional.