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Apple posts an open letter in response to an FBI phone unlock demand

Recently, a United States magistrate judge directed Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the men behind the fatal attacks in San Bernadino to give them access to any data that may be stored on the device. Today, Apple posted an open letter in response to the FBI’s unlock request, signed by Apple CEO, Tim Cook. 


The letter says the United States government demands Apple take an unprecedented step that threatens the security of its customers. Tim Cook then goes on to say that they oppose the order and this open letter calls for an open discussion, wanting their customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

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While Apple believes the intentions of the FBI are good, they say they’ve “done everything that is both within our power and within the law” to help the authorities.

Tim Cook goes on to say:

“But now the government has asked us to 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”

A backdoor to the iPhone would mean all the important security features of iOS could be bypassed. According to the letter, the US government wants Apple to create a special iOS firmware, just for this case. Tim Cook argues that there is absolutely no guarantee that this code, “which does not exist today”, will not be used in other cases.

The whole letter is definitely worth a read.

[UPDATE] Apple posts a FAQ follow-up to Tim Cook’s letter

Let us know you’re thoughts on this issue in the comments below.

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