Target: Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple
Goal: Applaud Apple’s refusal to provide the FBI with software that could bypass security of all iPhone models 5C and older.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently seized the iPhone of the alleged gunman in the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI had a warrant to search Farook’s phone, which falls under the same legal code as a search warrant of a business or private property. Then, the FBI issued an order to Apple requesting software that could unlock the phone and all of its contents, to which Apple refused.
The FBI attempted to file this order as a terrorist-phone-specific request; however, what Apple would develop is essentially a “master key” that would bypass all security measures in every iPhone 5C or older. The iPhone 6 was developed with even more security protection that cannot be manipulated via the operating system, but every one of that phone’s ancestors would be affected. Furthermore, in regards to other smartphone brands, if Apple were to comply with the software development, all other phone operating systems would need to follow the same order.
Following Apple’s public refusal to develop this software and hand it over to the FBI, several other major tech institutions that deal with privacy and personal information, such as Facebook, openly applauded Apple’s decision. The order was created under the All Writs Act, which was developed in 1789, and it gives the court the authority to issue orders that do not fall under a pre-existing law.
It is vital that we protect the privacy of the citizens of this country. Sign this petition to thank Tim Cook, the Chief Executive Officer for refusing to provide the FBI with software that could potentially violate the privacy of every smartphone user in this country.
Dear CEO Cook,
The recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino was a tragedy with too many victims. We support the FBI in its investigation and its legal powers to seize and search the alleged shooter’s smartphone; however, even more so, we support Apple’s refusal to the order to create a software that would allow the FBI access to bypass security systems on all iPhones from the 5C and older.
The American people have the right to privacy, and though the FBI claimed that the software would be used only in the case of terrorism, giving them a “master key” to all iOS 9 and older, would be a potential violation of the privacy of millions of people. The quantity of personal information kept on a smartphone is enough to be financially, socially, and emotionally ruinous if it were to be accessible to others, and it is important that Apple cares enough to protect the privacy of its customers.
Thank you for refusing to provide the FBI with software that would essentially act as a master key to crack every iPhone from 5C and older. Please continue your efforts to develop products that provide users with security and privacy.
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