“Over the past few weeks, as the legal battle between the FBI and Apple unfolded, so did the publicity war,” Julia Greenberg writes for Wired.

“The FBI argued that Apple’s assistance in unlocking the iPhone could help provide justice for the victims of the shooting, by potentially uncovering information about others involved and the events leading up to it. It insisted, at least at first, that it was simply a case of this one phone,” Greenberg writes. “Apple maintained the FBI’s demands not only threatened customers’ privacy and personal security, but also violated the company’s right to free speech. In the press and on social media, people took sides.”

“In late February, a Pew Research Center poll found that the majority of Americans sided with the FBI,” Greenberg writes. “Just a month later, after an outpouring of support for Apple — and the convenient revelation that the FBI could possibly, in fact, open the San Bernadino iPhone without Cupertino’s help – the court case is on hold, and Apple’s reputation as an ardent defender of privacy and security is stronger than ever.”

“How did Apple pull this off, when faced with the federal government’s onslaught and widespread public anxiety about terrorism, stoked in no small part by the San Bernardino shooting? In this case, it went off script,” Greenberg writes. “A company famous for its secrecy, and famous among reporters for stonewalling, opened itself to the media and the public in an unprecedented way to ensure that its side of the story was heard.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That the majority of Americans’ knee-jerk reactions was to side with Big Brother is frightening.

The American education system is, in general, woeful.

Thankfully, supporters of privacy, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution yelled long enough and hard enough for the FBI to magically discover there were other avenues to get into that iPhone in order to view those oh-so-vital photos of cafeteria trays.

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