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    February 16, 2016 A Message to Our Customers

    The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

    This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

    The Need for Encryption
    Smartphones, led by iPhone, have become an essential part of our lives. People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.

    All that information needs to be protected from hackers and criminals who want to access it, steal it, and use it without our knowledge or permission. Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data.

    Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That is why encryption has become so important to all of us.

    For many years, we have used encryption to protect our customers’ personal data because we believe it’s the only way to keep their information safe. We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business.

    The San Bernardino Case
    We were shocked and outraged by the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino last December. We mourn the loss of life and want justice for all those whose lives were affected. The FBI asked us for help in the days following the attack, and we have worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime. We have no sympathy for terrorists.

    When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case. We have also made Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and we’ve offered our best ideas on a number of investigative options at their disposal.

    We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.

    Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

    The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.

    The Threat to Data Security
    Some would argue that building a backdoor for just one iPhone is a simple, clean-cut solution. But it ignores both the basics of digital security and the significance of what the government is demanding in this case.

    In today’s digital world, the “key” to an encrypted system is a piece of information that unlocks the data, and it is only as secure as the protections around it. Once the information is known, or a way to bypass the code is revealed, the encryption can be defeated by anyone with that knowledge.

    The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.

    The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals. The same engineers who built strong encryption into the iPhone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.

    We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack. For years, cryptologists and national security experts have been warning against weakening encryption. Doing so would hurt only the well-meaning and law-abiding citizens who rely on companies like Apple to protect their data. Criminals and bad actors will still encrypt, using tools that are readily available to them.

    A Dangerous Precedent
    Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority.

    The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.

    The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

    Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

    We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.

    While we believe the FBI’s intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.

    Tim Cook
    http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/

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    We are super doomed...

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    This sort of thing was all a joke years ago.

    "Oh, it will never happen to us Americans." "The people won't put up with it." "They are more scared of us then we are of them" "More gun control please because we can TRUST our Government." "Spying is only to catch the bad guys" "They will never hack into my personal devices without my permission"


    You see, this is why you don't budge or give an inch to big Govt. They are not your friends. They do not care what's best for you, only them.


    So, who's laughing now?
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    freedom


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    Think twice all you people who want the government to fund everything and have control of our lives! This is exactly what this country fought against in other parts of the worlds! You're giving a power to corrupt, money driven, and power hungry people who at the end of the day don't care about the little people like us. Remember nothing in life is for free!!!! Most countries pay 70% in taxes to have health care and education! I'd rather say get off you butt and earn it if you want something that bad! Keep money in my pocket bc many won't contribute if it's free and prob still not do anything with themselves. You always have to earn it! So anything that's pushed as too good to be true will be and cost us little guys the most!

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    Most countries pay 70% in taxes? damn I want to know where that is.


    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy! View Post
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    Told people this stuff was not a joke.. ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel View Post
    freedom
    and see people still think its a joke.

    At least they cant lie and say its about "terrorism" anymore. They just fully embrace the surveillance now that their argument has collapsed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaneFalco View Post
    and see people still think its a joke.
    nope, that's not what that meant. I was agreeing with you there Shane. People that are the least free are told their whole lives how free they are


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    No one is forcing you to put all of your personal information on a phone either. I see your point here M7, but I don't share your concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weazel View Post
    nope, that's not what that meant. I was agreeing with you there Shane. People that are the least free are told their whole lives how free they are
    my apologies. thought you were mocking.

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    This is not a joke. I attached it from Apple.com. Go to Apple.com and see it for yourself.

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    Gary Johnson

    "If the government wants to search a hotel room, they don't -- or shouldn't -- demand that the hotel hand them a pass key that would open EVERY room. In a very simplified way, that is what the government is demanding of Apple in order to supposedly access one particular device. Apple is right to be fighting -- and we ALL have a stake in the outcome."

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    Trump of course supports the FBI having a backdoor.

    On Fox & Friends this morning, Trump said, “To think that Apple won't allow us to get into her cellphone? Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it," he said. “I agree 100% with the courts. In that case, we should open it up. I think security overall—we have to open it up. And we have to use our heads. We have to use common sense. Somebody the other day called me a common-sense conservative. We have to use common sense. Our country has so many problems.”

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    Personally, I don't get the outrage. These people killed 14 people, and would have killed more if not stopped. What if there are people on that phone who want to continue the carnage that live here?

    Not saying I necessarily agree with the GOVT or Apple. Just saying.

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