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The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.

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A Message to Our Customers

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. 

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

The Need for Encryption

Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.

All that information needs to be protected from hackers and criminals who want to access it, steal it, and use it without our knowledge or permission. Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data.

Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That is why encryption has become so important to all of us.

For many years, we have used encryption to protect our customers’ personal data because we believe it’s the only way to keep their information safe. We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business.

The San Bernardino Case

We were shocked and outraged by the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino last December. We mourn the loss of life and want justice for all those whose lives were affected. The FBI asked us for help in the days following the attack, and we have worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime. We have no sympathy for terrorists.

When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case. We have also made Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and we’ve offered our best ideas on a number of investigative options at their disposal.

We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.

The Threat to Data Security

Some would argue that building a backdoor for just one iPhone is a simple, clean-cut solution. But it ignores both the basics of digital security and the significance of what the government is demanding in this case.

In today’s digital world, the “key” to an encrypted system is a piece of information that unlocks the data, and it is only as secure as the protections around it. Once the information is known, or a way to bypass the code is revealed, the encryption can be defeated by anyone with that knowledge.

The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.

The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.

We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack. For years, cryptologists and national security experts have been warning against weakening encryption. Doing so would hurt only the well-meaning and law-abiding citizens who rely on companies like Apple to protect their data. Criminals and bad actors will still encrypt, using tools that are readily available to them.

A Dangerous Precedent

Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority.

The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

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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Then there's this:

Trump blasts Apple for refusing to cede terrorist’s data to FBI

Donald Trump blasted Apple for its rejection of a court order to cede encrypted data to the FBI from the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

“I agree 100 percent with the courts,” Trump told the hosts of “Fox and Friends” Wednesday. “We should open it up. I think security overall. We have to open it up and we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense.”

A radicalized couple rampaged the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California on December 2 before being killed in a shootout with police. 14 people were killed. Authorities later said that the attackers tried to take more lives with a rigged pipe bomb that never detonated.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles maintained that the FBI needed Apple’s compliance to access “relevant, critical … data” on a shooter’s locked iPhone.

“Our country has got so many problems,” Trump said. “These are two people radicalized who were given a wedding party by the people that they killed. There’s something going on. We have to be very careful. We have to be very vigilant. But to think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cell phone - who do they think they are? No, we have to open it up.” 

Sen. Marco Rubio, Trump’s rival for the GOP nomination, took a more conciliatory tone and called for the private sector to work with the government in times of war. “There is no easy answer on the encryption issue. On the one hand this encryption is designed to prevent people from having unauthorized access to your private information. On the other hand, there are terrorists and criminals who are using encryption to protect themselves. So I really think this is going to require us to work very closely with the tech industry to find a solution. I believe there is one.”

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http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/trump-blasts-apple-refusing-cede-terrorists-data-fbi

This is one of the things that bothers me about Trump. There are times when I think he believes the end justifies the means. And to be perfectly frank, that scares the hell out of me about him. 

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I believe android already has this. Hell if you look  all that is given when you install a app it is crazy. Hell most spps have permission to use your camera and mix when installed. Facebook for instance is given that right when you install it. Maybe that is because android is owned by big government Google.

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You know how to end all of this...right?  Get rid of your cell phone. How bad would that piss them off if people started going old school with land lines, books, cameras, and sending letters through the mail? They would have one heck of a time collecting data if people didn't put their lives on Facebook or a phone.

I saw a sign the other day that made me smile. It read, "We do not have Wi-Fi here. Talk to each other!"

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Just now, CGK said:

I saw that story Brio..The feds just want a back door into everyone's cell phones.  They want apple to give them the keys to the kingdom.

Exactly. If Apple's 'rebellion' gets msm coverage (and it is) you know they're complicit with the FBI. Apple and the FBI want you to feel secure.

 

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I think the gov is full of shit. They have us all running scared that the NSA is listening to all our our conversations, hacking our computers etc. yet they cant access data on ONE Iphone?

This is government spy propaganda 101. You know darn good and well if they want to access that phone data they can. They just want Apple to be the scapegoat.

They claim to have a rover taking pictures on Mars but they cant get into an Iphone. I'm sick of their lies....

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Apple isn't the scapegoat, they're the beneficiary of people's trust. Good cop bad cop game.

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The 1789 law the U.S. is using to force Apple to break the iPhone’s security

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There are a few qualifications that must be met in order for the the All Writs Act to be used as a way to compel Apple to create this software:

  • The All Writs Act is only applicable if no statute, law or rule on the books to deal with the specific issue at hand.

  • The business in question (Apple) has some connection to the investigation.

  • There are extraordinary circumstances that justify the use of the All Writs Act.

  • The All Writs Act only applies if applies if compliance is not an unreasonable burden.

In this scenario, the first three qualifications of the All Writs Act have been met. First, there isn’t a law or statute specifically compelling a software company to create new software in order to bypass a security feature on a device it developed. Second, Apple is clearly connected to this investigation, as it developed and created the product in question, Farook’s iPhone 5c. Third, the U.S. government qualifies this as an extraordinary circumstance, as Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in San Bernardino, and information on Farook’s phone is undeniably important to investigations.

The fourth qualification is where things get interesting.

As reflected in the last paragraph of the court order, the request must not be “unreasonably burdensome.” This is where Apple bases its argument, via the court order:

To the extent that Apple believes that compliance with this Order would be unreasonably burdensome, it may take an application to this court for relief within five business days of the receipt of this order.  

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http://www.dailydot.com/politics/what-is-all-writs-act/

1789? Wtf!? I thought anything that old was antiquated and out of style!  (Sarcasm) 

Here's how I see it. This would make it easy for who? Lower echelon law enforcement, the bloody arms on the ground that have the power to come to your house and lock you up in 30 minutes, that's who. And they could listen to all your calls in real time and do it easily. Easy is what they want. So whether or not Apple is in on this as a game or not, who knows? But, if it applies to Apple in the end, then it will apply to all in the future once it makes it way to a conclusion in court. So! They've just built a back door into everyone's phone for anyone with a badge to access! 

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Prediction: Apple will win, consumers will cheer Apple's heroic stand for their privacy and the data on the alleged killer's phone will remain secret. Qui bono?

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Like I said before....get rid of you phone and there is nothing for them to break into.

I got rid of my cell phone 3 years ago and I like it. For someone who had a  brick cell phone in 1995 it was like going through a drug withdrawal. For 3 months I had the shakes after I got rid of my cell phone.  Now I have a land line and that is all I need. I have trained my family and friends to understand that I am not available 24/7. If I ever have to call someone when I mobile, I have memorized the important numbers that I might need. All I have to do is ask someone if I can use their phone because its an emergency. Everyone else has a phone so I don't need one. LOL!!!!

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