Posted by: David Harley | February 22, 2016

Apple’s position on FBI demands…

…clarified in an FAQ here:

Answers to your questions about Apple and security

The statement addresses issues including why Apple thinks:

  • This can’t be seen as a one-off, one phone issue
  • That extracting data from a phone following due process is different to unlocking a phone for law enforcement to access it
  • The allegation that its objection appears to be based on concern for its business model and marketing strategy is incorrect.

I was interested to note a reference to the guidelines to law enforcement that are available on the Apple web site. I guess that refers to this: Legal Process Guidelines – U.S. Law Enforcement. The document includes General Information, Service of Process Guidelines, and Information Available from Apple.

In its conclusion, the FAQ suggests that:

We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and … form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology, and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy, and personal freedoms. Apple would gladly participate in such an effort.

Meanwhile, I came across an article I’d originally missed by Trevor Pott for The Register on Why Tim Cook is wrong: A privacy advocate’s view – Apple should be unable to comply with this request. Not a ringing endorsement for the FBI’s view: rather an assertion that Apple should be doing more to protect privacy.

David Harley

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