OK. Here’s the deal. You have information. You make information when you go online, when you buy something, when you communicate with others. Who do you want to safeguard that information?
Google and Facebook? Apple? Or, the U.S. government? I know, right. Laughable. Only one of those is not the same yet the all are similar. Google and Facebook enrich themselves at your expense. The U.S. government enriches politicians and leaders at your expense. Hell, even Apple enriches itself at our expense.
So, which one do you trust?
I don’t agree with this missive, but I understand the sentiment. Matthew Gault:
What do your smartphone and the world’s most advanced fighter jet have in common? The Trump administration can’t protect them from hackers.
Frankly, I don’t want the U.S. government involved in protecting my iPhone from hackers. Let Apple continue to do what they’ve been doing, federales be damned. It should be obvious to all that government authorities do not have the temerity or skills to store data so it cannot be hacked.
And the F.B.I. wants backdoor access to encryption? The government cannot even protect itself.
The NSA was forced to admit that some of its most effective hacking tools had been stolen and dumped online for anyone to see and use—and they were used liberally by U.S. cyber adversaries.
See the problem?
How secure would your personal information be in the hands of government operatives?
Such shenanigans are commonplace these days.
Customs and Border Patrol conceded that photographs it collected of roughly 100,000 border travelers at an unnamed U.S. port of entry, including “license plate images and traveler images,” were stolen in a “malicious cyberattack.”
All those leaks prompted the president to issue an executive order which declared a state of emergency and banned U.S. telecommunications companies from using foreign equipment. Or, at least, such equipment from China.
Commerce Secretary Droopy Dawg:
This will prevent American technology from being used by foreign-owned entities in ways that potentially undermine U.S. national security or foreign policy interests
It seems as if foreign entities didn’t need their own equipment to do their dastardly deeds because government is so inept it that it doesn’t need to buy anything from China to lose everything to China.
Government security is an oxymoron and dysfunction runs amok.
The circle of dysfunction is complete. There is no political capital for an ambitious American public-private partnership to secure our personal information or the technology that carries it.
There may be other entities who function better than Apple at protecting my basic information but it ain’t the feds.