Should You Be Allowed to Encrypt Your Files?

There’s an exclusive story on Reuters today that reads, “Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.”

Here are a few questions:

  • If you purchase a phone, and if you pay for cloud storage and backup (crash protection), should you be entitled to fully encrypt your files and keep them private?
  • Are you entitled to data privacy when you “rent” space on someone else’s server?
  • Are you entitled to fully encrypt your personal files on your personal devices? If so, can you store those files on someone else’s cloud storage space?
  • Who is responsible for your personal data governance?

I could go on for an hour, but you get my point. Why is any of this up to Apple and the FBI? On one hand, it’s a 4th Amendment issue. On the other hand, it begs the question: are we allowed to store our most personal information in unbreakable code?



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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, co-founder of Metacademy, and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and his latest book, Blockchain - Cryptocurrency, NFTs & Smart Contracts: An executive guide to the world of decentralized finance, is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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