Apple vs. FBI: Who’s really winning in the court of public opinion?

“In a battle as heated as Apple vs. FBI, the poll results aren’t going to match and the headlines will sometimes conflict as both sides try to win their war of words,” Levi Sumagaysay reports for The Mercury News. “A new Reuters poll says more people support Apple in its refusal to comply with a court order to help the FBI unlock the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone, which is the opposite of what a Pew Research poll found. Both surveys involved about 1,000 or so U.S. adults, and both were conducted around the same time.”

“Reuters says 46 percent of respondents agreed with Apple, 35 percent disagreed and 20 percent didn’t know. The Pew poll found that 51 percent thought Apple should unlock the iPhone, 38 percent thought the company shouldn’t and 11 percent had no opinion,” Sumagaysay reports. “Reuters said its poll provided participants with more information, including stating Apple’s position and saying that ‘complying with the request would set a precedent.'”

“At least one person who’s been directly affected is now undecided about whose side he’s on. Reuters spoke with Salihin Kondoker, whose wife was shot in the attack and is in recovery. At first, he thought Apple should help unlock the iPhone, but he now says he’s undecided,” Sumagaysay reports. “‘I use Apple phones,’ he told Reuters. ‘So I want to keep my information confidential, keep my information private so it should not be accessed by anyone — not even law enforcement officers,'” Sumagaysay reports. “”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Kondoker doesn’t sound undecided to us. It doesn’t get much more decisive than that.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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  1. People need to understand that this is not just an “Apple vs. FBI” battle, even though Apple is the one currently carrying the torch of freedom. The decision that comes out of this case will affect all devices from all manufacturers.

    It affects Apple more because Apple is committed to consumer privacy. Others, like Google/Alphabet, have made some me-too comments about privacy in order to look better to the public. However, in truth, they mine personal data to the hilt and probably secretly welcome the idea of a government-mandated back door into everyone’s data.

    This issue is much bigger than Apple, but I am glad to have a company like Apple on my side.

  2. I wonder how the support Apple vs support FBI relates to phone ownership.

    It could be a case of, “As long as it’s not my phone.” If that’s the situation, then support could be 100% Apple.

    Maybe the question should be, “Should the FBI be able to add a back door to your phone or hack your phone, without your consent?” Then we should see a different statistic.

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