An interesting controversy involving the iPhone and Apple Computer has sprung up over the past few weeks as I'm sure many of you are well aware. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has asked the company to create a tool that would un-encrypt the iPHone used by one of the San Bernadino terrorism suspects that killed 14 people a few months ago in California. While at its surface this would seem like a simple request, the company has refused to comply stating that while it understands the specific noble intent in this situation to unlock the phone and gain any valuable information from it that might help in the investigation, the larger issue of creating a 'back door' to the iPhone poses too dangerous a risk long term to the greater user base of iPhone owners.
Tim Cook issued his statement and was quickly supported by other tech leaders such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and others. Not everyone has been so quick to support the company however with Presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Applel to unlock the device and even Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates seeming to be at odds with Apple's decision. So what do you think? Is the benefit of possibly accessing valuable information of the terrorists device worth it? Would the company be able to keep such a 'back door' secret and prevent this instance from creating a precedent where perhaps thousands of phones from now on could be accessed in a similar way? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.