WHAT IT IS
- There are ongoing debates between technology firms and the government pertaining to data privacy and access.
- Authorities assert that tech companies should forgo privacy policies when public safety is concerned.
- Tech companies generally refuse to comply.
WHY IT MATTERS
Tech companies and the government are battling over whether the government should be granted case-by-case access to personal data for public safety or if private data should be kept private, no matter what situation. The debates underway directly affect everyone’s personal privacy.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Authorities requested access to an iPhone belonging to the shooter in last year’s San Bernardino attacks. Apple refused.
- Trump signed legislation that removes privacy protections allowing companies to monitor their consumer’s behavior online and use it for advertising and data mining.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Should exceptions to companies’ privacy policies be made for saving lives?
- Will giving our government the right to view our personal data create mistrust?
- Would you purchase Apple products if you knew that under certain circumstances the government is allowed to access your data?
- Should we prioritize privacy and discretion over safety?