The battle over encryption is very much an us vs. them issue. We citizens of the world want privacy. Governments of the world want access to that privacy. It’s that simple. Apple has ramped up its effort to become the most public of all privacy advocates. You see it on TV commercials and online videos.
Apple loves to differentiate itself from competitors and one way to do that is by adding more privacy and security to every device and then to stand on the public stage and tell everyone how private and secure Apple gadgets are.
Governments do not like that and seem to be banding together to fight what is called end-to-end encryption; the kind you get with Messages on iPhone and iPad, for example.
Governments complain that Apple and other encryption adherents make life difficult for authorities to fight crime, hackers, and terrorists, and a backdoor to such encryption would make their jobs easier– and our security less.
Governments say that backdoors are completely safe and would only be accessed in the event of an emergency to track down the aforementioned criminals, hackers, and terrorists.
Here’s the problem.
To get into the backdoor of any encryption mechanism someone needs to hold the keys.
Do you trust your government to hold the keys that would allow access to your devices? Do you trust a corporation to hold the keys that would allow such access?
Trust. Government and corporate servers are hacked on a regular basis so there is no history that says backdoor keys would be safe with any third party. Apple, Facebook, and others want to get out of, or stay away from, the backdoor key management business.
Governments want to do it instead, and they’re banding together to make it happen; first, through a public campaign about how bad encryption can be, and why damage criminals, hackers, and terrorists can cause. Second, by telling the likes of Facebook, Apple and others that any end-to-end encryption they use should provide some kind of backdoor access.
Government officials even lie about the process and claim that members of the technology community agree that such access can be granted in a way that allows for privacy and security but also gives authorities tools they need to thwart the aforementioned criminals, hackers, and terrorists.
Technologists do not agree on that but do agree that a backdoor key of any kind means your encrypted devices are no longer private or secure.
See how easy it is for governments to hate Apple?