USA Today alters logo to support Apple in fight against U.S. government overreach

USA Today has altered their logo to support Apple’s fight against U.S. government overreach.

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of their customers.

The United States government is asking Apple to hack their own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect their customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect Apple’s users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make their users less safe.

Apple opposes this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. Obviously, USA Today agrees:

USA Today alters logo to support Apple in fight against U.S. government overreach
USA Today alters logo to support Apple in fight against U.S. government overreach

Go see the altered logo and read some of USA Today‘s articles here.

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Obama administration claims FBI is not asking Apple for a ‘backdoor’ to the iPhone – February 18, 2016
Privacy activists plan rallies across U.S. to support Apple in battle against U.S. government on February 23rd – February 18, 2016
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wishy-washy on Apple’s fight against U.S. government backdoor demands – February 18, 2016
Why Apple is fighting back against U.S. federal government demands for iPhone access – February 17, 2016
Snowden backs Apple in fight over iPhone; blasts Google’s silence – February 17, 2016
Obama administration: We’re only demanding Apple hack just one iPhone – February 17, 2016
Security firm shows how Apple could bypass iPhone security to comply with FBI request – February 17, 2016
What the Apple court order means for your smartphone privacy – February 17, 2016
EFF opposes U.S. government demand to force Apple to unlock terrorist’s iPhone – February 17, 2016
‘Who do they think they are?’ Donald Trump blasts Apple for not unlocking San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone – February 17, 2016
Tim Cook posts open letter opposing U.S. government demands to bypass iPhone encryption – February 17, 2016
Apple CEO opposes court order to help FBI unlock San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone – February 17, 2016
Apple wants judge to rule if it can be forced to unlock defendant’s iPhone – February 16, 2016
U.S. House lawmakers seek to outlaw states from banning encrypted iPhones – February 10, 2016
Obama administration wants access to smartphones – December 15, 2015
Obama administration’s calls for backdoors into encrypted communications echo Clinton-era key escrow fiasco – December 14, 2015
Donald Trump: To stop ISIS recruiting, maybe we should be talking to Bill Gates about ‘closing that Internet up in some way’ – December 8, 2015
Hillary Clinton: We need to put Silicon Valley tech firms to ‘work at disrupting ISIS’ – December 7, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Albert P.” for the heads up.]


    1. National inquirer is going the same route too …

      Listen folks…
      Unlocking a phone by a court order is not the same as a back door…. Or relayed security issues that conpromise an activly encrypted phone.


      Government can search my home with the proper court order. The most privet place to me .
      Government can tap my land line with court order. And has for decades with proper court order.
      Government can confiscate my computets with proper court order and search the HD… ( iphone us pocket computer )

      This is not an either or case …… Its way more complex and consequential to just leave it in hands of dogmatic idealism .

      Creat the proper provisions and everyone wins.

      Times changes… so should we… … Thats fundimental to survival.

      In the meanwhile apple is loving the Publicity .. ;)……. It may even all be by design …..

      1. “Unlocking a phone by a court order is not the same as a back door”

        Being forced to create software that has the potential to unlock any iPhone when that software does not exist is the same as creating a back door. In the current state of things, neither Apple or the US Government can unlock the phone. Apple engineers are essentially being forced to create a hack or “back door” that breaks every security protocol they have spent over a decade creating and lauding to their customers.

        It is the very definition of Pandora’s Box. Once this software is created, the iPhone will never be as secure or safe ever again. It will also create legal opening of Pandora’s Box as well, because if you think Google is going to take up a privacy fight that Apple didn’t, you’re absolutely insane.

          1. I did read your post, and it’s very different.

            You are exactly right that the government can get a warrant and search anything that I own. There is no dispute over that. However, your argument fails there as the government isn’t serving me the warrant to check my property, they’re serving a third party that currently is unable to provide the assistance needed.

            The government is requesting the equivalent of having a universal key made for all Yale door locks because they want to search a house and it happens to be locked with a Yale lock.

            Surely the government has no right to create this universal key that gives them access to millions of homes they do not have a warrant for just because they want to get in one single one they do have a warrant to search.

            Then, god forbid some absent minded (or worse yet, corrupt) FBI agent loses or makes a copy of this universal key. This FBI:

            Add to this that the suspects in this crime that the warrant was issued for are deceased and therefore no longer able to be prosecuted. On top of that, their connections to other criminals or terrorists are known. The key would just be to add reinforcing evidence to the case and not ground breaking discovery.

            Should the FBI have the legal right to do this? Is that the “Land of the Free” we live in, or want to?

            It’s terrorism… It’s inherently random, shocking, and almost impossible to defend against, which is what makes the terror. It’s also incredibly unlikely to happen to anyone in the US. All told more people die in the US of smoking related causes in THREE days than terrorism has killed in over 15 years. You want me to give up my freedom of privacy for that unlikely tiny bit of nebulous safety, and yet you’ll let me have the freedom stroll down to the convenience store for a pack of smokes thats thousands of times more likely to kill me? Are you joking?

      2. Okay, say Apple develops the software to crack their own encryption to get the info off “this one phone.”

        Tomorrow, Homeland Security asks them to crack the iphone of everyone involved with the standoff at the Oregon Wildlife Reserve.

        And the day after, China gives Apple a list of 350 democracy activists who have been arrested and declared terrorists, with a request to crack THEIR encryption.

        Once Apple says yes to one, they can’t say no to the others. Are you ready to go back to a time when all the information on all our phones is open to public scrutiny? I’m not.

        1. The courts will decide each case on its own merits…
          That is the way this country works….
          legislative , judicial, executive.

          Legustlative has to design provisions that address the issue… No one said its an easy situation.. Specially me if you read all my post regarding the subject

          1. The three branches of government are supposed to supply a series of checks and balances. But today’s climate of suspicion weakens the whole setup. Citizens see each of the three branches trying to subvert the others, and around and around it goes. It’s been going on for centuries, in fact—the eternal struggle for political dominance. The Constitution has strong bones! Let the struggle continue, and may the shadowy oligarchs behind all this suffer with the paltry wealth and power they already have gathered, and leave the rest to us.

          2. Of course that’s the way this country works. It always works just like that, right?

            Tell you what, let me have my buddy here named NSA tell you how this iron clad this country is and how you have to go through legislative, judicial, and executive hoops in order to do any of this privacy stuff. Mr. NSA will set you straight.

          3. Yo Jimbo!

            I believe you are missing the constitution arguments on why this is a bad idea.

            In the last 24 hours, both the New York Times and USA Today have published articles supporting Apple’s position.

            What the FBI is asking for is a UNIVERSAL KEY, or to use another methapor

            1. Sorry. My complete post;

              Yo Jimbo!

              Love that line from the ending in Goldeneye.

              I believe you are missing the constitution arguments on why this is a bad idea.

              In the last 24 hours, the two largest newspapers in the U.S. -New York Times and USA Today have published articles supporting Apple’s position.

              Nice to see them both defending the constitution for a change.

              What the FBI is asking for is a UNIVERSAL KEY, or in other words, a COMBINATION to unlock iPhones user privacy WORLDWIDE.

              What the government, supported by the judge’s ruling, is to demand a private company use company resources to create software for the sole use of government and not paying for the work involved.

              Now, think about Apple the company and the fiduciary duty to shareholders.

              Where will it end? Will Apple have to hire a legal department to address requests from every law enforcement agency on the planet for unlock requests?

              Let’s not forget hackers, rouge governments and terrorists that do not follow the law.

              Once the Genie is out of the bottle, no iPhone will be secure.

              THAT is the bottom line.

              Think it through, Jimbo.

              Only issue I disagree with you on.


  1. Thanks USA TODAY because you are not only supporting apple but also supporting people’s privacy.
    The government is also an iPhone user so breaching the security of one iPhone exposes the whole US government. Is that what the obama administration wants? to give away more government secrets for which the US people paid billions in taxes?

      1. If Apple creates the tools to crack one iPhone it will crack all iPhones.

        If Apple allows the US Government to use the tool, or uses it for them, every country on Earth will require Apple to also provide the tool to them including countries whose governments are known for actively mind policing their citizens and having amicable relations with hackers: Russia and China.

        In other words, YES creating the tools to crack one iPhone will quickly eliminate the security of all iPhones.

  2. There has to be an in-between to be reached. It is important to get info on Terrorists. I don’t think Apple should give the Government the keys to everyone’s phone, but if there is a mass murdering and we can get info to prevent more of them, there should be some sort of compromise reached where Apple is given the phone in question, extracts the data and hands it over to the FBI. I’m all for personal security but if someone is a terrorists their personal security is given up. And the terrorist wasn’t even the owner of this phone so that makes even less sense not to have access to the info.

    1. I don’t like terrorists or mass murderers, but there cannot be a middle ground here. You either want security and encryption and accept that there are costs associated with them or you want to abandon it wholesale.

      The loss of lives in the San Bernadino terror attack was horrible and sad, but none of those people will be back to life if we abandon privacy and security.

      1. Exactly. And breaking the security of iPhone’s everywhere won’t stop criminals or terrorists from using encryption. They will just use third party apps that anyone in the world can write.

        Encryption is not something that can be disappeared by screwing up Apple products or by any other means.

      2. I agree it won’t bring any dead back to life, the purpose is to intercept and halt future mass murders. When this whole terrorist thing gets kicked up another notch in the USA in about 10 years, people will rethink these things, when attacks hit more frequently at home. I’m not for handing the government the keys to all phones, far from it, but in special instances Apple or Google or whoever should break in and hand over the data on that particular phone associated with the attack. At some point we will have to all work together for a common goal to head off future attacks.

    2. I hereby define MacRaven as a terrorist.

      Therefore MacRaven his/her personal security “is given up.” Therefor he/she must immediately provide all of his/her information and data to the U.S. Government and any state or local government agency. Further, any information provided by MacRaven within the last 50 years to another person must immediately be provided to any and all agencies of interest in that data and information. Lastly, MacRaven must provide all information and data received within the last 50 years from any other persons to any agency with interest in that information/data.

      Yes, as MacRaven is a terrorist by definition, he/she has given up all rights. Hand over everything now.

      See, MacRaven how labeling someone a terrorist without a great deal of justification can be an extremist view too?

      1. I have not plotted to kill or have killed anyone. That’s a start as a definition. And they can take all my info now. Nothing worth seeing.
        So that guy and his wife don’t fit your definition of terrorist? Interesting.

        1. Have you seen Minority Report? There was a flaw in the system hence why they stopped it. There is a flaw in this issue at hand and it goes against the grain of the U.S. Constitution and one’s individuals rights. Read up on the Bill of Rights…

  3. I watched a CNBC power Lunch interview withe Woz on the subject of privacy and was appaled at the ignorance displayed in all the anchor’s questions about this. (

    Woz is certainly not explaining Apple’s reasoning well despite having his own pro privacy opinion…

    Tim Cook was right, we need to step back and have this conversation and the questioneers need to interview Tim Cook for a good education of what the technological issues involve and mean…

    Theybwere asking Woz if the program that Apple could write to help the FBI could spread like a virus…talk about ignorance !

    And then conclusions which are just plain stupid….

    I’m going to ponch myself now over Donald Trumps latest “holier than thou tantrum” he just insulted the pope and called the pope disgraceful, for judging Donald’s christianity!

    And the brain dead concur…

  4. IMPRESSIVE! Bravo Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc!

    Now how about keeping that new logo throughout this debacle? (At the moment, they’re using an orange basketball logo. I can’t find the orange Apple logo anywhere).

  5. This US Patriot Act inspired intrusion (especially its Section 215) is a supreme example of so-called “big government,” not some wellfare mom struggling to feed her kids or a regulation to stop pollution or to ban an unsafe product.

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