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February 22, 2016

No Winners in Apple’s Fight for Digital Privacy

by Michael Nicholas ’16

Mark Grabowski, J.D., discusses issues of personal privacy and corporate responsibility.

With Apple’s recent refusal to comply with the FBI’s request for a back door to break into the phone of one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, much has been said about the personal privacy rights . While pundits and the public debate whether or not they should support Apple’s statement in defense of privacy rights, Mark Grabowski, J.D., associate professor in , argues in the Augusta Free Press that no matter what the outcome of this battle, the public will lose.

Grabowski notes while the cause for protecting consumers is a noble one, Apple as a company has also had a history of using its influence to be above the laws of the democratic process of the country. He says in the article, “Americans face a predicament: Do they support a government pushing for surveillance reminiscent of the dystopian society fictionalized in Orwell’s chilling classic Nineteen Eighty-Four? Or do they rally behind a greedy, opportunistic corporation that seems to think it’s above the law?”

» See the full article at Augusta Free Press

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