Apple and the FBI are constantly battling over security issues. The latter wants to have a backdoor through which they are allowed to access iPhones of those who are considered as a threat to security. However, Apple is against helping the FBI and close to 40 companies have filed an amicus brief in support of Apple. One of such companies is the famous Lavabit.
Lavabit became a part of the news when it went against the similar order handing over the encryption keys to the security authorities.
At that time, the firm used to run an encrypted email service that law enforcement agencies wanted access to. The founder of Lavabit, Ladar Levison refused to succumb to the authorities and was found to be in contempt of court for his efforts.
This time again the founder is stating that if the FBI wins and Apple has to provide them with a backdoor, there may be wide reaching implications for both iPhone users' security and companies in general.
He said that if the FBI wins the case then most of the users won’t even update the software in case the agency is including a backdoor into their data. “The result is that fewer people will automatically accept the automatic updates and the overall security of iPhones across the country will suffer.”
This scenario may cause iPhones to be left exposed to attacks due to owners’ refusal to accept software updates that plug security holes. Levison also warned that further imposing the orders will even force many big technology companies to leave United States for a search of better and more productive homeland.
Thus, the companies will try to move offshore in order to provide their users’ with deserved security and perks. This is alarming, because already many companies and startups are opening their head offices in European countries.
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And, if FBI continues pressurizing Apple then the States would lose the biggest company of the world. We don’t know what’s going to happen further, but what we are sure of is that neither Apple nor the FBI will agree to drop this case off.