“Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist”

From the NYTimes, “Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist

SAN FRANCISCO — If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock:Apple’s engineers.

Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees.

Do software engineers have professional ethical responsibilities to refuse to do some things even if ordered by their employers?

This entry was posted in General. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist”

  1. mikemonaco says:

    Possibly. Most professions adopt some code of ethics. Not sure if this one is specifically binding:
    http://www.acm.org/about/se-code
    but there are clearly cases in that code where engineers ought to refuse to do some things. Does that extend to refusing to do work that they believe is against the public good? That seems like a reasonable position but I only skimmed the linked document.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s