What a favor Apple is doing the government.
* The House Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing yesterday ( The Encryption Debate). It posed questions to the FBI, Apple, prosecutors and experts. The videos are long but there is also a narrative on the page summarizing much.
Expert Susan Landau testified suggested the FBI should use this situation to develop the capabilities it seeks from Apple. (It has just asked for an extra $38 million appropriation.)
But the big Apple gift was to the government as a whole. Cyber security has been neglected, both encryption and decryption. Key government agencies could have protected their files as Apple protects its devices. If they had, 20+ million people would not have been hacked.
Many parts of the government have not yet taken the protection of their data seriously. Apple is showing them they can make it damned near impossible for anyone to get information to which they have no right. Yes, the agency would need a key for administration. It could be highly secured.
Let me make clear, throughout this dispute, my sympathies have been with Apple. How can access for the good guys be protected from the bad guys? No one ever says.
In fact, we don’t know that some US government agency or someone else hasn’t already built exactly what the FBI wants Apple to build. If you think it is sad we don’t know whether other agencies have already done what Apple is being asked to do, well, I do too.)