Apple is standing up for & defending the rights of Americans.
An unprecedented demand has been squarely refused by Apple.
If you’ve ever used a mobile device or an iPhone more specifically you should be aware the U.S. Government via the FBI is sending a clear message about everything we thought was private, on our iPhones, in the cloud or for our eyes or ears only.
“We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them,” Cook wrote in a letter published on Apple’s website.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has backed Apple’s refusal to comply with a federal court order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the assailants in the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. in December.
“But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.”
Snowden called on Internet giant Google to stand with Apple, saying, “this is the most important tech case in a decade.”
Apple and Google engineered their software so they cannot unlock devices in the wake of damaging revelations by Snowden that made the world suspicious they created “back doors” for American intelligence and law enforcement.
The fear: Unlocking the iPhone could hand law enforcement a master encryption key. The FBI hasn’t been able to access the smartphone because it is passcode-protected.
“The technical changes the @FBI demands would make it possible to break into an iPhone (5C or older) in a half hour,” Snowden tweeted.