Tim Cook’s memo to Apple employees: ‘This case is about more than a single phone’

“Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out again in his fight to protect his customers’ privacy, saying the “data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people” is at stake,” Alanna Petroff and Laurie Segall report for CNN.

“Cook said last week he will not comply with FBI demands and issued an email to staff on Monday thanking them for their support,” Petroff and Segall report. “‘Apple is a uniquely American company. It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect,’ he wrote in his email.”

Petroff and Segall report, “Cook argues that following through with the court order would threaten ‘everyone’s civil liberties’ and also make them more vulnerable to cybercrime.”

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“The memo — obtained and verified by BuzzFeed News — thanks Apple employees for their support and notes an outpouring of public support from ‘thousands of people in all 50 states’ as well,” John Paczkowski reports for BuzzFeed news. “And it goes on to again lay out Apple’s reasons for challenging the court order, before calling on the government to withdraw it entirely.”

“‘We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms,’ Cook writes,” Paczkowski reports. “Cook’s letter serves as a preface to a public Q&A for Apple customers meant to answer questions about the facts of the case, its stakes, and Apple’s position. It also works to rebut arguments recently put forth by the FBI, which over the weekend argued that what it is asking Apple to do isn’t that big a deal.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Again, Apple has the resources and the reach to get the truth out there.

Every time a government official says “We’ll only use this once,” that government official is either ignorant and/or lying to your face.

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  1. You bet it’s about more than just one phone, its about the DOJ also filing conspiracy charges against Apple for a non existing, no proof, fabricated conspiracy story that never happened e-Book of Apple and book publishers, an eBook trial and a corrupt puppet judge that ignorantly accused Apple of being a monopolist in a market it had never entered.

    They got away with murder, the government, because ignorant people buy anything they are told by scared officials.

    1. It’s also about more than one government. If Apple creates this software for the U.S., then other countries will insist that they hand it over to them as well. Apple is a global company that depends on countries worldwide.

      1. They already make wedding cakes, but they are not obligated to make a type of cake not offered to others. So it’s not relevant.
        Now if the government ordered a muffler shop to make wedding cakes . . .

  2. Tim is waking up: “It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect,”

    Yes it’s a strange feeling but consider that if you have morality and ethics these days you are on the opposite side of that particular government.

    Now hopefully the people will do something about it. They did once before.

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