Apple FBI Solution A Fingertip Away

The solution to unlocking the iPhones of Bad Guys is a key fingerprint away.

The solution to unlocking the iPhones of Bad Guys is a key fingerprint away.

Embed A secret Fingerprint to unlock all iPhones

It seems to me that there is a very simple Apple FBI solution that keeps everyone’s data private and secure while making a key available to unlock a specific iPhone when such a warrant is provided by the courts. I am no expert in software or operating systems. I don’t write code or have any desire to do so. But I am one of those guys that likes to keep things simple. And there seems to be a real easy solution that keeps the Orwellian powers that be out of our private matters.

Apple is routinely working on updates to its operating systems and other software. Common sense tells me that Apple could do two things to cut through all the government B.S. and obfuscation on this whole encryption matter. Each of these two things is so simple I’m surprised no one has suggested it yet.

Apple could embed the fingerprint of an individual, let’s say Tim Cook, into the secure enclave of the iPhone’s ARM CPU. Better yet, Apple could embed the fingerprints of a group of key individuals, let’s say Eddie Cue, Jony Ive and Phil Schiller, into the secure enclave of those ARM CPU powering iPhones. In addition, Apple could embed a secret six digit numeric code into the secure enclave for any supported older iPhones that do not possess the Fingerprint ID.

These two steps could completely neutralize the government’s phony rationale for demanding Apple’s source code or signature key for the operating system. It would also end the debate over whether Big Brother’s truly interested in fighting terrorism or just intent on eroding our Fourth Amendments rights. You know, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Such a software update would provide a way, under proper legal circumstances, for law enforcement officials, to present Apple with the warrant authorizing the unlocking of the specific individual phone. The phone would have to be physically presented to Tim Cook or other authorized Apple executive involved in this security protocol. At that time, the fingerprint of the authorized individual would unlock the iPhone. In the case of an iPhone without the fingerprint sensor, the special secret six digit ID code would be entered to unlock the iPhone.

This is a classic example of keeping it simple. The FBI and their like minded federal agency brethren think we’re all stupid. I don’t think so.

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