Govt Asks Apple for Backdoor Access Into Our Phones; Tech Company REFUSES

Brianna Acuesta | TrueActivist.com

In an open letter to Apple customers, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, brought the world’s attention to a current legal matter between Apple and the FBI over iPhone users’ right to privacy.

The letter explains that the FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor for accessing an iPhone so that it can get information for an investigation, and Apple has said no.

As always, there is much more to the story and Apple has valid concerns for not wanting to comply with the FBI’s request (well, demand). Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym, a former federal prosecutor, gave the order at the FBI’s request after a 40-page court filing was submitted to the judge without Apple’s involvement.

The judge used the All Writs Act from 1789 that says to “issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law,” which is extremely vague and is clearly being extended to fit this request from the FBI.

Why does the FBI need Apple to create a software that overrides its security features?

They also have valid reasons for wanting Apple to breach their own security, but it’s not enough to convince Apple or the American people that it’s worth the risks. The San Bernardino shooting in December last year involving a couple, Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, left a lot of questions unanswered and one iPhone unlocked and encrypted.

The FBI has been trying to unlock the phone ever since, but has struggled to get the right passcode combination and can only try a certain number of combinations in a period of time before the iPhone deletes all of the information from the phone. The Bureau is hoping to get access to the phone to gain information about who the couple was contacting before and after the shooting.

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Though the Justice Department is requesting that Apple create an operating system with a “unique identifier” so that it can only be used for the one iPhone, Cook states that “while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

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