“Apple Inc. appears to have the overwhelming backing of the public in fighting an judge’s order to break the security code on an iPhone, but the situation is still turning into an epic battle with the U.S. government, which may be using this instance as a way to gain more power for the future,” Therese Poletti writes for MarketWatch.
“A MarketWatch poll on Friday found readers overwhelmingly in favor of Chief Executive Tim Cook’s defiant move, with 63% of the first 6,000 respondents siding with Apple by Friday afternoon. The press appears to favor Apple even more, with Fortune reporting that newspaper editorials agreed with Apple by a ratio of 8 to 1,” Poletti writes. “Not surprisingly, Silicon Valley’s pro-privacy stance has many CEOs of major tech companies backing Cook… But even outside Silicon Valley, there is a huge amount of support for Apple to continue to fight the Justice Department.”
“The government was embarrassed by the 2013 revelations of illegal eavesdropping of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans. But that does not mean it will stop in its quest to use all of its powers to fight terrorists, even at the cost of personal privacy,” Poletti writes. “The Apple battle is one way the government hopes to gain more powers, with a more solid precedent for future fights with tech companies and suspects. Judging by early returns, the American people aren’t in agreement.”
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MacDailyNews Take: That 37% of respondents in the MarketWatch poll don’t get it is appalling.
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