Sunday 11 December 2016

Apple responds to US government's 'corrosive' claims

Mark O'Beirne

Published 11/03/2016 | 11:59

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Apple has responded to the US Department of Justice's claims that Apple's stance on creating a backdoor to a locked iPhone is "corrosive."

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Apple has hit back at the US Department of Justice who labelled the technology firm's stance on encryption as "corrosive" to institutions trying to protect "liberty and rights."

The Department of Justice continues to demand access to the iPhone owned by San Bernardino gunman Rizwan Farook. It wants Apple to create a back-door that would enable access to the device, which the FBI says may contain crucial evidence.

Apple has refused to comply with the court order, which was issued last month. Apple CEO Tim Cook has called the court order "dangerous", "chilling" and "unprecedented."

A new court filing claims that Apple had attacked the FBI investigation as "shoddy" and tried to portray itself as a "guardian of Americans' privacy." It adds that "this rhetoric is not only false, but also corrosive of the very institutions that are best able to safeguard our liberty and our rights: the courts, the Fourth Amendment, longstanding precedent and venerable laws, and the democratically elected branches of government."

Since the Department of Justice's comments, Apple has accused the US government of attempting to smear it with "desperate" and "unsubstantiated" claims.

Apple's lawyer, Bruce Sewell, said "Everybody should beware because it seems like disagreeing with the Department of Justice means you must be evil and anti-American, nothing could be further from the truth."

Apple looks unlikely to back down from its stance with Cook going so far as to say that he is willing to take the case to the Supreme Court.

A hearing into the case is scheduled for March 22nd in a California federal court. Meanwhile, Apple is hosting a press event for a series of new announcements on March 21st; it will be interesting to hear what Cook has to say on this matter at this event.

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