I did what I thought would be my single post about this issue: Tech Companies: Final Defenders Of Privacy?
But now it looks like we’ve been made foolish pawns in a secret game.
After December’s San Bernardino attack, Apple worked with the F.B.I. to gather data that had been backed up to the cloud from a work iPhone issued to one of the assailants, according to court filings. When investigators also wanted unspecified information on the phone that had not been backed up, the judge this week granted the order requiring Apple to create a special tool to help investigators more easily crack the phone’s passcode and get into the device.
Apple had asked the F.B.I. to issue its application for the tool under seal. But the government made it public, prompting Mr. Cook to go into bunker mode to draft a response, according to people privy to the discussions, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The result was the letter that Mr. Cook signed on Tuesday, where he argued that it set a “dangerous precedent” for a company to be forced to build tools for the government that weaken security.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
So if the FBI had shut the fuck up and ordered Apple in secret, Apple would have complied?
I should have expected this.
After the first day of all the chatter online about this issue, I vowed not to read another post about it because the arguments were wasting my time. There’s just no way to tell who is posting in good faith and who are paid tools of the government.
If Cook was willing to comply with a secret order, then he’s made all of us tools.