Eddy Cue Say FBI Could Gain Access to Your iPhone Microphone and Camera, if Precedent Set

Eddy Cue Say FBI Could Gain Access to Your iPhone Microphone and Camera, if Precedent Set

There's a big debate going on, and I'm not talking Batman v Superman, or Hillary versus Bernie, or Trump versus Cruz. I'm talking about the FBI versus Apple. If you weren't sure which side you wanted to be on, Apple VP Eddy Cue is trying to pull you to his side. In an interview with Univision, Cue spoke in Spanish about the case. Apple translated the discussion and it was reported by Business Insider. Cue projects that if Apple were to cede to the FBI's demands and create a special version of iOS to break in to the San Bernardino terrorists' iPhone, then that would set a precedent. In the future, the Justice Department might insist on access to the microphone or camera of a specific iPhone. 

"When they can get us to create a new system to do new things, where will it stop? For example, one day they may want us to open your phone's camera, microphone. Those are things we can't do now. But if they can force us to do that, I think that's very bad," Cue said.

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It's easy to see how that could be useful to law enforcement. Imagine if one of the visitors to Osama bin Laden's compound had such a hacked phone. Or if police could have used Location Services to see if O.J. Simpson was truly chipping golf balls in his backyard at the time of Nicole Brown Simpson's murder as he claimed, and a camera showing his actions would be quite significant. Just look at another debate, about body cameras on police. There are a lot of compelling reasons why law enforcement would want access to our cameras. And a lot of reasons why citizens might not want to give up their privacy.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.