Smattering of protesters gather to support Apple in iPhone fight against U.S. government

“Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters banded together on Tuesday, holding protests in nearly 50 U.S. cities to support Apple in its iPhone encryption fight with the FBI,” Angela Moscaritolo reports for PC Magazine. “Protesters opposed to the government’s demand carried banners and iPhone-shaped signs saying things like ‘FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones’ and ‘Secure Phones Save Lives.'”

“PCMag’s Paul Maljak was on the ground at Apple’s flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City, where he said a dozen or so protestors braved wind and rain to show support for Apple while kept inside police barricades,” Moscaritolo reports. “Outside the U.S., people in London and Muninch also gathered to express their concern about companies weakening encryption in response to government pressure.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Congrats to those who attended the rallies for backing Apple in this important fight! Would that there were a thousand times more at every location!

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John McAfee blasts FBI for ‘illiterate’ order to create Apple iPhone backdoor – February 23, 2016
Some family members of San Bernardino victims back U.S. government – February 23, 2016
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Apple CEO Cook: They’d have to cart us out in a box before we’d create a backdoor – February 22, 2016
Tim Cook’s memo to Apple employees: ‘This case is about more than a single phone’ – February 22, 2016
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  1. I’m going out on a limb here and say that I’m guessing there would have been a lot more people there who support Apple but, they have JOBS and had to work. Unlike that other group of protestors.

    Let the roast start but until you go survey those other protester and see how many are being paid to be there and/or getting their money from other people’s paycheck…..?????

  2. Article does not mention numbers, uses closeups photos to hid the fact that barely 10 people showed up for each city.
    *3* comments here.
    Yeah, _real_ important fight going on.

  3. The problem here is that the average person on the street doesn’t understand exactly what Apple is being asked to do, much less the implications were Apple to do it. I guarantee you that if you ask a random person on the street, he’ll just say the Apple has been asked to get information out of a phone, so of course they should do it.


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