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Apple posts a FAQ follow-up to Tim Cook’s public letter

Last week Tim Cook penned a public letter explaining why they refused the FBI’s court-ordered request to ‘break’ into the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooter. Sometimes things get misconstrued by the media and what not, so Apple gives us the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions…


If you’ve been following the recent news regarding Apple, you’d know that the government requested Apple to create a special version of iOS so they can get into the iPhone 5c of the San Bernadino shooter, basically a ‘backdoor’ to iOS (an FBiOS if you will), only to be used in this case, but potentially others. Apple refused to create such a software as it “threatens the security of our customers“.

The follow up to Tim Cook’s previous letter reads ‘Answers to your questions about Apple and security

A few highlights of the FAQ:

Why Apple refuses the court order… 

The government would have us write an entirely new operating system for their use. They are asking Apple to remove security features and add a new ability to attack iPhone encryption…

deliberately making an iPhone’s security weaker could be very dangerous to anyone that owns an iOS device, not just devices that are physically in the governments possession.

“It would be wrong to intentionally weaken our products with a government-ordered backdoor. If we lose control of our data, we put both our privacy and our safety at risk”

The order would set a legal precedent that would expand the powers of the government and we simply don’t know where that would lead us. Should the government be allowed to order us to create other capabilities for surveillance purposes, such as recording conversations and location tracking? This would set a very dangerous precedent.

Could Apple create this ‘FBiOS’ just this once, just for this iPhone?

Apple argues that

“The digital world is very different from the physical world. In the physical world you can destroy something and it’s gone. But in the digital world, the technique, once created, could be used over and over again, on any number of devices”

In fact

“Law enforcement agents around the country have already said they have hundreds of iPhones they want Apple to unlock if the FBI wins this case.”

“We strongly believe 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.”

…the post also says Apple hasn’t unlocked iPhones for law enforcement in the past.

The FAQ also answers questions like ‘is Apple using this objection as a marketing strategy?’ and more, we recommend checking out the full FAQ over on the Apple site

Who’s to say Apple is wrong to not create a backdoor to iOS, and on the flip side, should the government have access to a tool that could put peoples privacy and safety at risk?

Let us know your thoughts on this whole situation in the comments below

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