Apple is racking up supporters in privacy fight against U.S. government overreach

“A wave of prominent technology companies and individuals began formally backing Apple on Thursday in a high-profile legal case that will test the limits of law enforcement’s access to personal data,” Nick Wingfield reports for The New York Times.

“A group of 17 Internet companies, including Twitter, eBay, Airbnb and LinkedIn, submitted a joint court brief supporting Apple in the case in which the United States government is seeking Apple’s help to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., last year,” Wingfield reports. “Separately, AT&T also filed a brief backing Apple.”

“In all, around 40 companies and organizations, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Snapchat and Dropbox, are expected to jointly submit court briefs later on Thursday,” Wingfield reports. “More than 40 people, including prominent security experts and academics, are also planning to sign on to briefs. Apple’s allies are set to submit about a dozen briefs this week. The briefs address different facets of the case, focusing on free speech implications, the importance of encryption and concerns about government overreach, among other themes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Looks like the government’s transparent and despicable attempt to “never let a serious crisis go to waste,” has stirred up a hornet’s nest of righteous opposition.

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. Please fellow Americans, contact for House representative and Senator. Tell them to stop the Executive Branch in its quest to stomp on the Bill of Rights. Also contact Clinton and Trump and let them know how you feel.

  2. What Apple should instead is develop a human mind reader and give that to the FBI.😌
    It would work far better than the current lie detectors.
    At regular intervals people could go in for mind read.
    It would uncover any terrorist proclivities and past crimes.
    Shades of 1984, eh, Winston?😉

  3. most people against Apple I suspect don’t really understand the long term implications of the case.

    I reiterate what’s been put out:

    1) it’s NOT limited to one phone as there are many phones by the DOJ, FBI, various other courts waiting to be hacked. As Tim cook pointed out a judge might think a Divorce case might be important enough (in the N.Y case where the judge sided with Apple the criminal had already pleaded guilty but the police still wanted the phone hacked)
    2) once the Hacker OS is created there is nothing to stop another judge or foreign country from demanding it.
    3) in future cases DEFENSE lawyers might demand to see the details of how the phone was cracked

    with all these cases the tool WILL leak and get into hands of Criminal Hackers . So family info, bank accounts, passkeys etc are all vulnerable

    and this case sets a precedent where the security forces are granted brand new powers to compel corporations and people (who have nothing to do with crime etc) to build stuff on their behalf.

    not to mention this seems to be a test case for certain groups like the FBI to eventually push for backdoors for everything which will jeopardize the tech landscape everywhere.

    so this is not just Apple’s fight for ‘privacy’ against government (important as that is) but much bigger.

    (it seems to us MDN readers that what I said is obvious but reading other general news forums and hearing presidential candidates speak I think lots of people still don’t get it .. )

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