Apple is on the side of protecting the privacy of consumers to extreme lengths while the FBI wants blind devotion to their frightening concepts of justice which demands immediate and full cooperation with their requests no matter what. TechCrunch reported on Feb. 19, 2016, Apple executives have given details regarding he firm’s motivations for refusing to comply with an FBI request for access to an iPhone. The Justice Department has filed a motion which is aimed at forcing Apple to comply with a request from the FBI to grant access to the iPhone of Syed Farook which has been taken as evidence in the case dealing with the San Bernardino terrorist killings.
Executives at Apple have said the methods which the FBI has ordered to use in bypassing the iPhone’s security has the potential to be used as a template or master key which could unlock other Apple devices in the future. The FBI has however insisted its original order and the subsequent filings by the government have consistently stated that the type of access the Justice Department wants would be limited to just the one device. All along Apple executives have come out strongly against terrorism but they say have been in oppositon to the order due to concerns about protecting the safety of the majority of people who have nothing to do with terrorism.
VentureBeat reports a “techno-political drama” has evolved in dealing with the dispute between Apple and the FBI. This case could have enormous implications for consumers. Their iPhones from the most valuable company in the world could soon be seen as government surveillance tools instead of as highly trusted smartphones. The issue heated up after U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court’s Central District of California ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock the Apple 5c which is owned by Syed Rizwan Farook who is one of the two killers involved in the San Bernardino mass shooting last December.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook responded to the judges order by saying the FBI was asking Apple to “build a backdoor to the iPhone.” Cook says complying with the judges order would serve to undermine the freedoms and liberty which our government is actually meant to protect. Meanwhile lawyers for the Justice Department have said Apple’s refusal to cooperate with the Justice Departmen appears to be part of the marketing strategy of the firm. With Judge Pym having disclosed in a filing that Apple had sought relief to make its formal opposition to the order and that the firm now has until February 26 to comply it is not certain what will happen in this tense standoff between Apple and the US government next.