Petition requests the White House to support Apple in effort to block FBI court order

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The conversation about Apple and encryption continues, as a new petition aims to urge the White House in supporting Apple moving forward.

A We the People petition has been created that is essentially requesting the White House to “halt efforts that compel Apple and other device makers to create a ‘backdoor’ for the Government to access citizens data.” As is usual for these types of petitions, it is directed towards President Obama, and reads:

“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of it’s customers.

The FBI, is demanding that Apple build a “backdoor” to bypass digital locks protecting consumer information on Apple’s popular iPhones.

We the undersigned, oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

Yesterday, a judge ordered Apple to help the FBI in unlocking an iPhone 5c that was used by one of the San Bernardino shooters last year. In response, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, penned an open letter about security, how important it is to people in general, and that Apple would be fighting the court order to create a backdoor into its software.

Apple has seen support since that open letter was released, including that of Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai. Other organizations have also come forward to support Cook’s statement, and supporters of Apple’s stance on security have gathered in front of an Apple retail store in San Francisco.

[via MacReports]

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