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Apple v. the FBI - who should have access?

Apple was ordered to help the FBI attack the San Bernadino, Calif., shooter’s iPhone to obtain information for their case.

It’s an interesting, and kind of age-old, argument of Big Brother wanting to check out what we think should be our own private records. The FBI says it's about making sure Americans aren't in jeopardy, and about fighting terrorists who are using communications tools, which can contain evidence in a criminal case. So it begs the question: Should the federal government be able to require a phone company to fork over information from high-tech communication tools like iPhones?

Yes it should

There is no question! Impeding progress in an investigation is a criminal offense, and companies like Apple should not be immune from that offense. We’re talking about a high-profile crime here where 14 people were killed and more than 20 were injured. Information from the suspects’ iPhones could lead to increased intelligence for our federal government to combat terrorism and prevent something like this from happening again.

Things like privacy on cell phones and privacy in your own home are privileges, for as much as we want to think of them as rights, until you break the law. Then those privileges are taken away.

No it should not

I’m not sure about you, but I’m getting kind of sick of Big Brother watching me.

It’s bad enough they’re able to tap into our phones and homes with “probable cause,” but now you want access to my stuff after I’m gone? When will we, as a people, stand up and say ‘Enough is enough’? You’ve got your paws on my taxes, in our schools, in our religions and now you want access to my phone? My privacy is my privacy. Stay in your room, Big Brother, where you belong.

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