Who Is Picking Sides? Apple v. FBI

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In the ongoing discussion of Apple vs The FBI, it is no surprise that people are taking sides. So who is in Apple’s corner and who is backing the FBI? Here are some of the most interesting opinions:


 

Team Apple

 

Apple Engineers: “Among the secretive, almost religious community of expert security engineers, breaking your own encryption is seen as shameful and unholy.” Read More

 

Tim Cook, Apple CEO: In another open letter today, Apple says: “Yes, it is certainly possible to create an entirely new operating system to undermine our security features as the government wants. But it’s something we believe is too dangerous to do. The only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn’t abused and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is to never create it.” Read The Open Letter

 

Glenn Beck, Conservative Talk Show Host: “This is insanity. Apple should NOT hack or develop a back door or key as it will put ALL iphones at risk.”

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Facebook: The government’s demands “create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.” The social media giant reinforced that it does comply with lawful requests from authorities, but “will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems.”

 

Twitter, via Twitter: “We stand with @tim_cook and Apple.”

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Sundar Pinchai, CEO, Google: “Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy. We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders. But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data.”

 

Carol Adams (Mother who lost son in San Bernardino shooting) “This is what separates us from communism, isn’t it? The fact we have the right to privacy,” said Adams. “I think Apple is definitely within their rights to protect the privacy of all Americans. This is what makes America great to begin with, that we abide by a Constitution that gives us the right of privacy, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.”

 

Edward Snowden, via Twitter: “The @FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on #Apple to defend their rights, rather than the other way around.”

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Mark Cuban, Shark Tank: “Amen. A standing ovation. They did the exact right thing… Encryption is easy. It is like wearing a seatbelt in your car. For years we didn’t. Then we did and it was smart.”

 

John Mcafee, Legend: “I’ll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge so Apple doesn’t need to place a back door on its product If you doubt my credentials, Google ‘cybersecurity legend’ and see whose name is the only name that appears in the first 10 results out of more than a quarter of a million.” Read More.

 

Steve Wozniak, The Great and Powerful Woz: “I believe that Apple’s brand recognition and value and profits is largely based on an item called trust. Trust means you believe somebody. You believe you’re buying a phone with encryption. It shouldn’t have hidden backdoors and ways that you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.” Read More.

 


 

Team FBI:

James Comey, FBI Director: In his most recent statement said that the scale of the San Bernardino attacks, which left 14 people dead and 22 people injured, warranted the pursuit of all leads, including reviewing Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c. “I hope folks will take a deep breath and stop saying the world is ending, but instead use that breath to talk to each other,” Comey said.

Donald Trump, via Twitter:

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Shane Harris, Daily Beast: “A 2015 court case shows that the tech giant has been willing to play ball with the government before—and is only stopping now because it might ‘tarnish the Apple brand.’”

 

Tom Cotton, Arkansas Senator: “Apple chose to protect a dead ISIS terrorist’s privacy over the security of the American people… Apple is becoming the company of choice for terrorists, drug dealers, and sexual predators of all sorts.”

 

Josh Ernest, White House spokesperson (via Reuters): “It’s important to recognize that the government is not asking Apple to redesign its product or ‘create a new backdoor’ to its products.”

 

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