Where Does The Public Stand In Apple’s Fight Against The FBI?

It’s hard to tell which side is winning in Apple and the FBI’s heated public relations battle over the locked smartphone of a San Bernardino shooter.

Apple’s Fight Against The FBI

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused the court order to bypass encryption on the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook in order to help FBI, many across the country rallied against the tech giant and asked the company to assist the agency.

Earlier this week, the Pew Research Center reported that 51 percent of Americans side with the FBI, 38 percent backed Apple’s stance and 11 percent had no opinion.

However, now that the people are realizing this court order could potentially harm their own user privacy in future, most of them are flocking to support Apple’s decision to oppose a federal court order.

As it turns, a recent poll released Wednesday by Reuters and Ipsos has revealed that 46 percent now agree with Apple’s position while 35 percent are in the favor of FBI.

Cook just gave his first public interview about users’ privacy issues and accused the U.S. government of asking his firm to engineer the “software equivalent of cancer” to help investigators unlock a terrorist’s iPhone.

The Apple chief expressed sympathy for the victims of the San Bernardino shooters.

"They have our deepest sympathy," he said. "What they have been through, no one should have to go through."

But he also cleared that it’s no longer about just one iPhone  it’s about the FBI’s demand to unlock data on nine other iPhones, which are not linked to the San Bernardino shooting.

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"I think safety of the public is incredibly important, safety of our kids, safety of our family is very important," Cook said in his interview with ABC News. “Some things are hard some things are right and some things are both  this is one of those things.”

"This master key has never been created and is not something we would create," he continued. "This would be bad for America. It would also set a precedent that I believe many people in America would be offended by."

Truth be told, Cook seems to have a valid reason for defending his argument against the court and FBI, as smartphones contain confidential information about users and their families. If a backdoor is actually created for the FBI or any other intelligence service, the sensitive user data would be at risk of being hacked into. In fact, this backdoor might lead to a serious breach of privacy for Apple users all around the world.

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