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Lucky for Us Apple Chair Treasures Privacy

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 19/02/2016 Eddie Borges
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The Feds saying they want Apple to create new software to unlock an iPhone "just this once" is almost as good as, "you can't get pregnant from just doing it once," "it'll cure your acne," and "I'll be gentle."
If Apple's Tim Cook keeps his knees locked, we'll be safe. Otherwise, we're all screwed. Just look at the history of fingerprints, Social Security numbers and DNA banking.
Initially, law enforcement argued they would only take fingerprints from felons and murderers, Social Security numbers would never become federal identification numbers, and DNA collection would be limited to murderers and rapists. Enough said?
Thank God that the chairman at Apple is a gay man who once lived in the closet during a time when who we loved and what we did in the privacy of our own homes was against the law. It certainly gives him an appreciation for our constitutional right to privacy.
I covered some of the privacy issues at stake here in an article I wrote for the Wagner Review, about the dangers of government DNA databanking, when I was legislative director of the New York Civil Liberties (NYCLU), in the late 1990s.
In FROM PEAS TO POLICE STATE, I quoted from the dissent in Jones v. Murray, by Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Francis Dominic Murnaghan Jr. His words could apply here.
"The majority opinion...leads me to a deep, disturbing, and overriding concern that, without a proper and compelling justification, the Commonwealth may be successful in taking significant strides towards the establishment of a future police state, in which broad and vague concerns for administrative efficiency will serve to support substantial intrusion into the privacy of citizens," wrote Murnaghan.
The late jurist would have been apoplectic upon hearing the latest report from the NYCLU that the NYPD is using the latest in technology to track cell phones, texts, and calls -- without warrants. The technology the NYPD is exploiting is so new that they started using it before civil liberties experts even knew that it even existed.
The advocates for our civil liberties lost the battles over fingerprints, Social Security numbers, and fingerprints. Lucky for us, Apple has more than enough cash in reserve if it needs to spend a year, a decade, or even the next century fighting to protect our right to privacy.
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