This one was interesting. When the poll first came out, voters overwhelmingly sided with Apple, saying the company shouldn’t build a back door into its phones even when it comes to national security. It looked like a blowout.
But then people taking the poll here at AndrewHeller.com had second thoughts, as people nationally also did (Pew), and eventually 52 percent of 163 voters sided with national security over privacy concerns.
In the end, I agree with the poll results here because I don’t believe Cook’s assertion that bad guys would inevitably get their hands on the
“key” to the iPhone’s back door. In fact, I suspect such a key already exists because Apple created it. Why wouldn’t they? (I don’t believe any corporation when it stakes out a virtuous position.) I understand the privacy concerns but in the end doesn’t national security also matter? My sniffer tells me Cook’s concern was one part legitimate concern for iPhone users and one part understated marketing, as in “The iPhone – your naked selfies are safe with us!”
I welcome your thoughts.