Apple CEO Tim Cook: “FBI? I’d Like to See Them FB-Try!”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: “FBI? I’d Like to See Them FB-Try!”

Alex Fleming

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It has recently come to the public’s attention that the FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the suspects in last year’s San Bernardino shooting. Apple has since declined the Bureau’s request, but why? Does Apple CEO Tim Cook not want the American people to be safe and have security? In fact, he does, and that is the very reason why he says he will not unlock the phone.

The iPhone has an optional feature which, after ten incorrect password attempts, completely erases all of the data on its hard drive. The FBI could use a computer program to generate and enter every possible pass-code into the phone, but if it has this feature activated, then there is the possibility that all the data on the phone will be erased. This is where Apple comes in: the technology to disable the security feature and unlock the phone does not presently exist, so Apple has been commissioned to create such a technology.

Cook says that creating the technology to unlock the phone would lead to its being used by local law enforcement, and since there is no law preventing it, police officers may abuse this technology to search someone’s phone whenever they please. Cook’s prediction seems to have been correct, as Apple has been approached by law enforcement personnel wanting to unlock over a dozen iPhones.

Several of the disputes over the other iPhones have been settled in favor of Apple, but the San Bernardino case is still ongoing. In the meantime, Tim Cook stands by his statement that he has to stand up to the FBI to prevent the ushering in of an Orwellian society.

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