Apple has published a new Q&A page on its website that answers some of the questions on why it is opposing the government and court order and explained why it is not possible to help the FBI just this time around.
Apple says that the government wants them to create a new version of the operating system for their own use which does not come with any security features. This version of the OS will also allow entering a passcode electronically, which would make it possible to unlock an iPhone by “brute force.”
This, the company says, would be wrong and they cannot intentionally weaken their products, even if the government orders them to do it. Additionally, what Apple fears the most is that this order would set a legal precedent that can prove harmful for companies and consumers down the line.
Apple makes it clear in its Q&A that while it is technically possible to do what the government has asked it to do, they believe it is too dangerous and that such a powerful tool should never be created to prevent it from falling into wrong hands.
The company also makes it clear that it has never unlocked iPhones for law enforcement agencies in the past, though it has extracted data from an iPhone running iOS 7 or older with a proper court order.
It also makes it clear that it has done everything it can within its power and law to help the FBI in this case. It has already provided the FBI with all the information about the phone it had and all the iCloud backups that were stored on their server.
The company also refutes that it is not objecting the court order to protect its business model and as a marketing strategy and that “nothing could be further from the truth.”
In the end, Apple says that the best way forward in this matter would be for the government to withdraw its demands and form a commission or panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss this matter forward.
The whole Q&A from Apple can be found here.
Earlier today, the FBI director James Comey also wrote an open letter on why the FBI is seeking Apple’s help to unlock the San Bernardino’s shooter iPhone 5c.Like this post? Share it!