Apple has built security features into its mobile products which protect data on its devices from everyone but the owner. That means that criminals, hackers and yes, even governments are all locked out. For Apple’s customers, this is a great thing. But governments are not so happy. You see, Apple has made a conscious decision to get out of the surveillance business. Apple has tried to make surveillance as difficult as possible for governments and any other actors.

We must remember that surveillance is a tool. It’s a tool used by those in power against those who have no power. And while I think it’s absolutely great that companies like Apple are making it easy for people to encrypt, if the only people who can protect themselves from the gaze of the government are the rich and powerful, that’s a problem. And it’s not just a privacy or a cybersecurity problem. It’s a civil rights problem.