The Fourteenth Post

Encryption is a fundamental right.  If someone wants their data to be secure, then they should have the right to encrypt it.  A company such as Apple, also believes in this fundamental right. As what has been reportedly lately, Apple has AES 128 in GCM to encrypt their keychain and many other products they produce.  GCM is widely used for both its extreme security and it’s efficiency (speed).

US citizens should have technology that completely locks out the government for many reasons.  The first is privacy.  Almost no one is ok with invasion of privacy.  John Oliver’s take on privacy paints a great picture. People think the government have access to their personal information and they think that’s fine, but when people find out that their “D**k pics” (and others) are available to the government, people have a different opinion.  John Oliver interviewed several people and each person starts to get a annoyed since they don’t want their private parts on the government’s intranet.  This is just one example of invasion of privacy.  Another reason that someone should have complete lock from the government is security.  If the government has access to everything, then no one is secure.  If the government were to ever be compromised, then everyone who the government monitors is compromised.

 

Encryption is not a very important issue to me.  I do not encrypt any files or emails. However, I do use Apple’s keychain, which is encrypted.  Apple’s keychain keeps most of my passwords without me even knowing them because it suggests secure passwords.  As mentioned before, the encryption of the keychain is almost impenetrable, so I’m not too worried about someone gaining access.

Encryption does affect who I support in respective arguments.  Zach and I have the same view, as do a lot of other people, when it comes to Apple vs. the FBI case.  Apple strongly believes in encryption and I agree.  The FBI strongly believes in encryption too, but they don’t want everyone else to be encrypted because this is an inconvenience to them.  There is also the case where the FBI gets into someone’s phone, but then if the person is using an encrypted app.  Then the FBI’s whole argument of “all we need is access to the phone” is useless.  The FBI would then have to go to the third party and get access to that encrypted information.

 

The winner won’t win by much in the struggle between national security and personal privacy, but in the end personal privacy will win out.  Personal privacy is a big topic for people to discuss, and almost everyone has the same view that “people do not like being monitored.” There is complete outrage by the public every time a company is hacked and information of millions of people is released.  Although someone can hope that the government would not be malicious with personal credit information, there is still the problem of the government being susceptible to being hacked.

I am not resigned to a particular future.  I do not want the government to have full control or have the option to have control of all of my information. I’m sure they already have a ton of it, but this would be more than just an invasion of privacy.  I’m not sure how much I will fight for this, but it’s already being argued by the best people in the industry (Apple).

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