I’ve read a whole bunch of articles on this FBI Apple case this last few days but what I see missing is a discussion of the massive numbers of surveillance tools AVAILABLE today to security agencies today vs the past. The press seems to be dragged into and perpetuates the mistaken belief that somehow security forces have LESS surveillance capability and are crippled because of Apple etc vs the truth that today Big Brother is more powerful than ever.
Compare this to just a few decades ago:
1) there are security cams everywhere, practically on every street corner in major cities and in many buildings.
Surveillance devices like that have become so cheap.and footage can be analyzed by recognition software…
2) there are hundreds of millions of people with recording devices like Phones, Go Pro cameras, drones. Try being a cop doing something ‘bad’, you’ll have people filming you!
3) talking about drones, security forces have access to them plus all kinds of other tech: cameras that can snake for meters on a robot cord (like those plumbers use), listening devices that can hear into buildings by picking up vibrations on the windows, hear conversations blocks away with parabolic devices, there are mini bugs (again very cheap now) the size of pin heads, satellites that can read license plates from space…
4) all kinds of forensic tools like DNA, face recognition software, algorithms for pattern recognition of trends (like ISIS ‘chatter’ on their websites) etc. we have countries with sophisticated citizen i.Ds, some now incorporating bio metrics.
most of these things were ‘science fiction’ like I said just a while ago.
Actually many young people today can’t really imagine the world ( as in none of these high tech gadgets) just a few decades ago and how much MORE surveillance we have today — today 1984 Big Brother is part of their lives BUT the power brokers WANT MORE.
But the picture the FBI etc are trying to project is that without ‘hacking tools’ corporations can provide and ‘backdoors’ they are ‘helpless’ and ‘crippled’. (btw it’s also a revealed fact that the governments both USA and overseas have been caught in widespread surveillance — without court orders — on their public, the ‘security’ issues mainly being the survival and personal benefit of those in power and the fact that tech backdoors will lead to giant upheavals in cybercrime and breakdown of high tech trade).
Source : http://macdailynews.com/2016/02/23/bill-gates-waffles-doesnt-support-the-u-s-government-or-apple-in-iphone-privacy-fight/442