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Apple's Dispute with the FBI Continues

It surely seems that Apple will not settle its dispute with the FBI. The famous company's CEO, Tim Cook has recently made a demand to the US government, asking it to drop all requests for a software that would allow the agency to access the encrypted iPhone of one of the attackers at San Bernardino.

Without a doubt, the tech giant is determined to fight the FBI to make sure that it would be able to guarantee the privacy of its users. Cook was asked by the governmental agency to create a software that would allow access to an iPhone.

However, Apple claims that this would lead to a breach of security that has the potential of exposing any iPhone and increase risks for its users.

So, in an email sent to Apple employees, Cook claimed that he asked the US Congress to create a commission, which would be in charge of discussing "the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms." However, it seems that Cook continues to be determined to stand up to the government, despite the pressure.

In his email, Cook also went to thank all Apple employees for the support they showed in relation to this case. The subject of data privacy has been on for quite some time. Furthermore, it has several times been in discussion if privacy should be more important than national security.

On the other hand, it has been debated how much authority governments should have when it comes to demands addressed to tech giants.

"This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out," Tim Cook said in his email.
 "At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties," the CEO of Apple added.
 "Apple is a uniquely American company. It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect," Cook also said. 

He concluded that customers trust that Apple is able to keep their data safe and the tech company is trying its best to meet their expectations.

Well, not only that Apple has the support of its employees, but digital rights groups have also showed their support for the tech company. Actually, group Fight for the Future stated that it will be organizing rallies to support Apple in the war with the FBI. Rallies are set to take place in over 30 cities nationwide.

"People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding here will make all of us less safe, not more safe. Their unconstitutional attack on our digital security could put millions of people in danger, so we’re giving those people a way to get their voices heard," the director of the campaign stated according to Digital Trends.

However, while some support Apple, other support the FBI's demand. Some victims of the San Bernardino attack are actually set to file a legal brief in support of the FBI against Apple, a lawyer for them stated.

"They were targeted by terrorists, and they need to know why, how this could happen," the lawyer said.
Apple's Dispute with the FBI Continues Reviewed by Mike Beasley on 2/22/2016 03:01:00 PM Rating: 5

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