Apple’s Fight With FBI Over iPhone Unlocking; CEO Says It’s Bad For America


Apple vs. the FBI is the big story these days.

Apple believes that allowing the FBI to crack an iPhone of one of San Bernardino shooters is not only dangerous for privacy, but will create problems for tech giant as other security agencies around the world can make similar demands.

Tim Cook, who is the chief executive officer of Apple, says that they cannot put “the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people” at stake by allowing FBI to unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist killed in December.

According to Mr. Cook, this will set “a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.”

Apple was ordered by a court to build a new version of its iOS mobile software that unlocks an iPhone 5C used by one of the terrorists. But the company is fighting the court order.

Apple is worried that complying with the FBI’s request will set “a dangerous precedent” that exposes all of its customers to security risks. On other hand, the U.S. government says that this won’t create a backdoor as this is a one-time request.

“From the government’s perspective, once they have the right piece of paper — be it a court order, a warrant or a subpoena — every single bit of data should be available to them,” said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, reported by NBC News.

On Apple and the FBI standoff, a hearing is scheduled for March 22 in federal court in Riverside, California.

Apple’s decision to fight with the FBI over iPhone crack is being supported by all leading technology companies, including Twitter and Facebook.

In an article published on CNET, Shara Tibken writes that surprisingly no one was discussing this big story of Apple’s fight with the FBI at the Mobile World Congress trade show this week in Barcelona, Spain. There, executives were eager to talk about all the new phones, drones and virtual reality gear.