How Apple’s clarion call united the entire tech industry against U.S. government overreach

“In the first hours and days after Apple rejected a court order to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the gunmen behind the mass shooting in San Bernardino, tech executives struggled to understand the full implications of Apple’s very public battle with the FBI — then labored over the best possible legal and PR response while media scrutiny on the case mounted,” Seth Fiegerman reports for Mashable.

MacDailyNews Note: The iPhone belonged to San Bernadino County (which failed to implement MDM which would have allowed the government to access the iPhone), not the gunman Syed Rizwan Farook.

“On Thursday night, after weeks of hedged statements and rumored misgivings about the controversial case, dozens and dozens of Silicon Valley’s most prominent businesses spoke up loudly and in unison by filing joint legal briefs in court to support the company just before the deadline,” Fiegerman reports. “Apple’s long list of backers combined old industry stalwarts like Microsoft, Intel and Cisco with flashy billion-dollar startups like Snapchat and Airbnb. It brought together fierce rivals like Google and Amazon, Facebook and Twitter. And it spanned industry trade groups, privacy organizations and more than 30 law professors.”

“The calvary had finally arrived at the last possible moment,” Fiegerman reports. “All it took was a nearly unprecedented amount of coordination between fierce competitors, internal debates over the PR optics for each business and reams of old-fashioned paperwork that barely made it to the court in time.”

Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s funny – and sad – that in 2016, as one of the sources said: “The biggest technology case in our lifetime — and it was all paper.”

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The full list of who’s for Apple and who’s for U.S. government overreach – March 7, 2016
Apple case exposes ongoing rift in Obama administration over encryption policy – March 7, 2016
Apple VP: It’s so disappointing that the U.S. government wants us to sell less-secure technologies – March 7, 2016
Why Apple should hold firm against U.S. government overreach – March 6, 2016
Why even Apple’s mortal enemies are lining up to protest U.S. government overreach – March 4, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


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