ACLU, Access Now, and EFF officially back Apple in encryption debate with joint statement

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Apple has seen plenty of support in its ongoing battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over access to a locked iPhone 5c, but more certainly can’t hurt.

In a publicly released joint statement from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Access Now, the organizations have officially put their hat into the debate, and firmly on the side of Apple. The statement is entitled, “The Apple Fight Is About All Of Us,” and outlines the many implications that have been echoed by many others regarding the FBI and Department of Justice’s efforts to force Apple to create a backdoor into its software.

“This is a fight that implicates all technology users. There are already bad actors trying to defeat the security on iPhones, and an FBI-ordered backdoor will only assist their efforts. Once this has been created, malicious hackers will surely increase their attacks on the FBI and Apple, hoping to ferret out clues to this entrance route—and they may well succeed.”

The groups also reinforce the idea of precedent that this particular case will set, not just for security as a whole, but also in the way that it could lead to the U.S. government conscripting private companies into “building surveillance tools.”

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“The precedent created by this case is disturbing: it creates a new pathway for the government to conscript private companies into building surveillance tools. If Apple can be compelled to create a master key to unlock this iPhone, then little will prevent the government from ordering any company to turn its products into tools of surveillance, compromising the safety, privacy, and security of everyone.”

The statement itself shares a lot of the fears that Apple, and many other companies and individuals, have stated in the past. What’s more, this is actually the second time that the EFF and ACLU have cast their support for Apple, and it seems likely that even more support will be garnered as the days and weeks tick by.

Apple and the FBI are set to meet in court again on March 22, where Fight for the Future plans on hosting a demonstration in support of Apple.

[via EFF]

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