Apple to fight the authorities over encryption issue in the San Bernardino case

Apple to fight the authorities over encryption issue in the San Bernardino case
Apple continues the fight against the US government for the right to its security encryption.

Now, the American IT giant gets support from several other internet giants, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, writes AP.

On one side stands the US government, the security services, the FBI and other authorities who want to be able to get past the encryption and the security solutions to read information available on mobile phones, tablets and similar platforms.

On the other side stands, including Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter, who think that politicians and bureaucrats should keep their nose out of peoples privacy, and that they should not be able to get into people's phones to read their text messages, emails or gain other information.

The background for the conflict is the massacre in San Bernardino, California, in December last year, when two Muslim gunmen murdered fourteen people before they were shot dead by police. An iPhone the terrorists used is password protected and police investigators need Apple's help to break into the phone.

Apple's newer iPhone models use an encryption technology that the authorities can not crack. The FBI does not require Apple to help them crack the phone, but wants to disable the phone's protection against guessing the password, to test a large number of possible password combinations.

But that is something that Apple is not willing to comply with. The company is afraid that the technical means to hack into an iPhone will go astray and end up in the wrong hands.

On Tuesday, the company's CEO, Tim Cook, wrote an open letter in which he sharply rejected the Federal Court decision ordering Apple to help the FBI.

Since then, one IT giant after another have stood behind Apple's decision against the US authorities. Among them, Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, and Facebook's management, who in separate statements have fought for the rights of their own security solutions. Even Twitter's co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, yesterday joined the fight and thanked Cook for his leadership.

"We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!", he wrote on Twitter.

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