Naturally any corporation whose products has been abused for such atrocities would want to assist, but no, this has now been made public by Apple and its PR Department has come into full force and created what appears to be like a complete corporate spin.
Given the current events – the request for information from Apple in order for law enforcement to carry out its investigation into terrorism, Apple has reacted by publishing an open letter on its own website. The following is extracts from Apple’s letter.
Apple: 16 February 2016. ” The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers”.
Now let’s put this into context..
Sheri Pym, United States Magistrate Judge, 16 February 2016. “Requesting an order directing Apple Inc. (“Apple”) to assist law enforcement agents in enabling the search of a digital device seized in the course of a previously issued search warrant in the matter”
“Apple shall assist in enabling the search of a cellular telephone, Apple make: iPhone 5c, model: A1532, P/N: MGFG2LL/A, S/N: FFMNQ3MTG2DJ, IMEI:358820052301412, on the Verizon Network, (the SUBJECT DEVICE) “.
Notice how specific the Court Order makes its request, SUBJECT DEVICE. Personally, I think that’s as clear as it can be. It relates to a specific phone, owned by Farook, the subject of the terrorist allegations. One person and one cell phone, details provided right down to the phone’s IMEI number.
Apple has used such statements as “threatens the security of our customers”. This appears to play on the public’s emotions regarding government snooping, subject matter which has previously been written about, with the revelations about the NSA from Edward Snowden.
Let’s not forget it was one of Apple’s own customers that committed these terrible acts of alleged terrorism. What is not known is how may of the victims were also Apple customers?
How does Apple generalise a warrant relating to information on one iPhone to the threat of all of the security of all of its customers?
Like myself in the regulatory industry, there is no back door to any of the institutions customers, it’s accounts and any information related to these customers. Like ourselves, an institution has an obligation to respond to law enforcement agents. No institution is above the law, or should be regarded as being above the law.
Does Apple need to do the right thing?
To be continued…
Apple Website: 16 February 2016
Central District of California: 16 February 2016.