Helpful analogies to fully grasp why government backdoors are bad

Apple BackdoorRecently Apple has come under fire for not giving the federal government unprecedented backdoor access to a terrorists iPhone account. The terrorist did terrible things, and the federal government feels they must have access the iPhone’s encrypted data in order to find out more information about the terrorist, possible terrorist plots, and any other information which can help them fight terrorism in the United States. This is fully understandable.

However, by giving the federal government backdoor access or a master key to Apple iPhone user data, this is opening the door to many things. Many people do not fully grasp why this is bad. Here are a few helpful analogies to help others understand the severity of the issue.

Privacy and our personal information at risk

Would you want and be okay with the government having full backdoor access to your bank accounts and financial records? By giving them backdoor access to your iPhone information, it’s the same as giving the government access to your financial records.

Would you want and be okay with the government having full backdoor access to your health and medical records? By giving them backdoor access to your iPhone information, it’s the same as giving the government access to your medical history.

Would you want and be okay with the government having full backdoor access to your personal emails? By giving them backdoor access to your iPhone information, it’s the same as giving the government access to your personal conversations.

There are many other possible scenarios where your personal information is at risk if Apple were to give into the government and give them backdoor access. By setting the wrong precedent, not only would the government be able to access all your iPhone data, it would set the path for the government to ask and expect approval from other companies and organizations to do the same; such as your bank, health care provider, email provider, etc.

It’s also important to note that by creating a master key for the government to have full access, this allows anyone in the world to try to hack that key and break into the backdoor. Once you give the government a door to your private data, everyone from hackers to adversarial governments will try to break into it and steal our private and personal information too.