Earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook, published a letter to its customers, discussing the FBI's push for access to its users' data.
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.
The FBI is trying to partner with Apple after the San Bernardino terrorist attack, as a way to develop a program that will prevent incidents of such magnitude from ever happening again. Instead, Tim Cook is standing beside his customers by denying the FBI access to a master key that would give them access to user's phone and personal information.
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.
After Whistleblower Edward Snowden released a statement about the NSA and their tactics, the whole world went into shock to find out that their own government was spying on them. Even though the NSA had access to anyone's cellular device, they failed to use it for the right purpose. They failed to prevent any major shooting or terrorist attack that happened on US soil, despite all the capabilities and preventable measures they had with their technology. Overall, their negligence to use a powerful tool not only violated citizen's 4th Amendment right, but it diminished trust between the people and the government.
The United States government has been utilizing different surveillance technology after 9/11 in order to ensure the safety of the American citizen and although the FBI may have the right intentions, Apple is worried that such tool to hack through the security walls of an iPhone could land in the hands of the wrong person.
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.