Apple will fight the court order to help the FBI to unlock the iPhone of the California shooter.
As reported earlier, a court has ordered Apple to help the FBI gain access to the iPhone 5C of Syed Rizwan Farook who killed 14 people together with his wife in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, 2015.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has now released an open letter opposing the court order and explaining Apple's stance on the matter. Tim Cook repeats Apple's reasoning why encryption is so important to keep our data safe. He also calls this moment for public discussion.
"Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.
We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.
While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
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The full statement can be found on Apple.com. Update: Apple gets support from Fight for the Future digital rights group.