Article by Katy Zielinski | esPResso Committee Member
The United States Department of Justice asked Apple to write a code that would enable access to the phone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters who killed 14 and injured 22 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Apple is fighting back, stating that this request is in violation of their constitutional rights under the First and Fifth Amendments.
This conflict between the United States government and a multinational tech giant reflects the controversy between American’s right to privacy and the boundaries of the United States government concerning national security.
“The U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create,” said CEO Tim Cook. In the official statements released to Apple customers, Apple warns, “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”
According to the NY Times, the Court fired back on Apple’s argument, saying that this “appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy.”
However, Apple argued that their only concern is to protect personal information on iPhones. Apple stated that this is “absolutely not” based on the company’s concern for its “marketing strategy.” Meanwhile, the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest states, “We don’t want to allow terrorists to establish a safe haven in cyberspace.”
Many consumers have sided with Apple in this debate and appreciate their transparency with the public. On Feb. 16th, Apple released official statement on their website explaining the situation and ensuring their customers that their information will remain private.
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