Apple is speaking out against demands from the government that would allow a backend access to any iPhone.
After the terrorist attacks in San Bernadino Calif, Apple has been helping the FBI in figuring out ways to utilize an Apple iPhone 5c used by Syed Farook. According to NPR, Investigators have a warrant to search the phone but it is protected by a passcode the FBI does not know.
In a statement released by Apple, the company says, “When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case. We have also made Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and we’ve offered our best ideas on a number of investigative options at their disposal.”
However, now they are being ordered to create an ios software that would bypass the security to the iPhone and allow them access to information on the phone. The government explains the code would be a one time use for one specific phone, but Apple is insisting that kind of software poses a privacy threat to all Apple customers and devices.
The letter is written by Tim Cook and it is pretty admirable they are taking such a firm stance on the matter. Customer privacy and security is always a concern because, for some, their phone is a device that holds some of their most personal information. If the wrong person were to get ahold of this software, it would most definitely cause an insane amount of stress.
Here are a few highlights from the Customer Letter on the Apple site:
“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 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. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.”
“We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
You can read the rest [here]