So 16 Feb 2015, Apple’s towkay, Tim Cook, sent everyone this letter:
You guys might have dismissed it as “too many words”, “must be very cheem“, ” aiya, just an ang mo write letter from far away, nothing to do with us one lah.” or you’re more interested in more pressing matters that is closer to heart; closer to home, like “Which top 10 eateries are being featured again” and “I wonder where is PM Lee is in his travels?”
We understand. So let us help you break it down, Singapore-style
WAH BIANG, WHAT HAPPEN DIS TIME?
Apple and FBI shio pak! (got into a fight)
HULLO! MORE INFORMATION, CAN?
Last year, got terror attack in some part of Bee-kok (San Bernadino, California), 14 people died. The FBI lei, during investigation-gation found an iPhone. FBI thought “ho sei liao, just ask Apple give us all the informashen stored in the rain, or the lining in the cloud or somehoworrather and win liao.” But not so simperr okay. Apple got security feature / integrity one don’t play play, so they cannot anyhow anyhow unlock phones. FBI cry-father-cry-mother oso no use. So. FBI ask Apple (nicely first) to create update to its OS. Apple basickerly make them TKK (tan ku ku), so FBI feddup, they ask “bao qing tian, fa guan da ren” (judge). Judge ordered that Apple do as FBI says.
And Apple said: “hmph. iDon’t think so.”
WAH! ERM… SO, WHAT IS THE BIG PEEKTURE HERE?
The word is “PRIVACY”. Tech Companies (intellectual mafia) and Authorities (straight-as-arrow gahmen) have been fighting about when it’s OK to compromise civilian privacy in the name of national security. Even if this is a one-off, Apple is saying creating this kind of “backdoor” is not ethical/honorable/good-for-image. Both side got point la.
THEN LIDDAT HOW?
We wait to see show. It’s the people against the big brother. Very relevant. Journalists are calling it a need for a “national conversation” – to discuss how much snooping around a gahmen is allowed.
(For a more complicated explanation, click here for the NY Times version)