"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither. He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security." - Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin couldn't have imagined the electronic age in which we live, but he did predict the ongoing debate.
Cops and FBI agents have long petitioned Apple to create a backdoor into the encrypted phones. But now they may not need that feature.
A four inch by four inch device called GrayKey is making things a lot easier for law enforcement to get into a person's iPhone. According to Mashable, the device can crack the passcode in as little as two hours. Once opened, GrayKey will download the phone's data.
Already the Maryland State Police and Indiana State Police have bought GrayKey, and the Miami-Dade County Police and the Secret Service are planning to purchase them too.
Aren't the police getting ahead of our privacy rights? I believe law enforcement should be forced to get a warrant before searching your phone because of all the personal information that it reveals.
But if lawmakers don't keep up with these changes, easy access to all our information is right at the fingertips of our government.