This is one subject that has got me thinking a lot, about corporate responsibility, the balance between consumer privacy and law enforcement requests, and in Apple’s case what looks like a simple case of corporate spin.
To set the background, I work within the regulatory field, specifically relating to financial crime and the institution’s responsibility of establishing adequate Systems and Controls, and ensuring that such institution is not being used to facilitate financial crime which includes financing terrorism.
While what I do is not directly related to the current and developing news in relation to Apple, and requests for releasing information to law enforcement agencies in order to continue its investigations relating to terrorism, there are parallels between both worlds, such as releasing information on request from valid court orders, etc.
In both cases, the parallels of producing such information on request, not only for the purpose of abiding by the law, but simply doing the right thing.
In addition, Apple should also provide the information based on a valid court document, not only to protect itself from reputational damage and litigation from the law, but also from its customers, especially those of the victims’ families who were killed in such terrorist acts.
So let’s look and interpret the events from the beginning as it happened. December 2015 when Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife killed 14 people before they were fatally shot themselves.
Much has been written since then about these terrible acts and naturally any law enforcement body would want to uncover known associates of the couple, so as to protect not only American citizens from further attacks, but any citizen anywhere in the world, especially as there are cross-border law enforcement agreements and cooperation in place.
Is Apple doing the right thing?
To be continued…