Did Apple do the correct thing when refusing to let the FBI hack into iPhones? Apple was justified in refusing to let the FBI hack into iPhones.
Basic American rights will be violated if the FBI hacks into iPhones. According to Randall G. Holcombe author of Apple CEO was right to defend basics, “Basic American rights were at stake, and the purpose of law is to protect people’s rights. The Fourth Amendment guarantees people this right to privacy. Individuals have the right to possess information without having to share it with the government.” If the FBI can hack into iPhones, people's privacy will be violated. The Fourth Amendment guarantees people can possess information and they don’t have to show the government. People's rights will be at stake if the FBI hacks into iPhones. Everyone has a right to have their own privacy and they don’t have to share it with the government.
The FBI hacking into iPhones will not eliminate our problem with terrorism. “Our political leaders have been slow to heed those warnings, but now, hopefully, they are starting to realize that what could be World War III has already started. It will not end until we eliminate the tens of thousands of fanatics eager to perpetrate atrocities based on hoary 14th century religious decrees.” (Flora, 2016). Hacking into iPhones will not stop terrorism completely. Some terrorists may not have an Apple phone or may get rid of their iPhones. There are several other things we could do to help stop terrorism, such as expanding background checks and not allowing people who are on the terrorist watch list buy guns. Our president should be doing these things so also help stop terrorism.
The FBI should not be allowed to force Apple to ruin the value of the Apple brand. “The government has no right to force anybody to involuntarily provide it services.” (Holcombe, 2016). The FBI tried to make Apple let them hack into iPhones. The FBI should not be allowed to make companies help them so they can get personal information on people. When Apple refused to help the FBI, it helped keep value and loyalty to the Apple brand, so they could keep their customers happy. If Apple allowed the FBI to hack into iPhones they would lose the trust of their customers, and people may get rid of their iPhone to avoid being hacked.
Apple did the correct thing refusing to let the FBI hack into iPhones. Citizens rights will be violated if the FBI hacks into iPhones. Hacking iPhones will not completely end terrorism. The FBI should not be able to make companies give them personal information on people.