Hopefully Apple’s Public Letter to Customers Starts The Conversation Americans Need To Have

Thankfully Apple took a stand against the FBI and says “No” to more government access in the name of  “safety”.

Apple released a public letter stating the FBI wants a backdoor into iOS.   This isn’t the first time this is being asked of a tech company.  Hopefully with the power Apple has in to get consumers attention we can finally all start having this conversation.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation [of the San Bernardino mass shooting].

“In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.
“The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor.
“And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

He explained: “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true.
“Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.
“The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals.
“The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.
“We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack.”
He added that the FBI is attempting to “use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority” rather than attempt to pass a motion from Congress, adding: “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling.
“If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data.

 

Update: Google CEO & WhatsApp CEO show Apple some support!

Google CEO Tweets

Source:  Apple 

Eddie Dounn

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