Silicon Valley, CA, United States – The ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI continues and Apple CEO Tim Cook released a statement saying that the request to open the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook is bad for America.
Cook said on Wednesday during an interview with ABC that if the company complies with the court order regarding helping the FBI break into an iPhone will be setting a legal precedent. This, he says, would offend many Americans.
Cook added that “some things are hard, and some things are right, and some things are both,” referring to the case. He pointed out that what the government is asking is the “software equivalent” of cancer. He also noted that there should have been more dialogue with the Obama administration before the FBI asked Apple to help in the case. FBI decided to seek relief from a federal magistrate judge in California. Cook said that he plans to talk to Obama about the situation.
CApple has until February 26, Friday, to follow the request of the FBI issued by the court but when asked if the company would be prepared to fight the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, he said that they are. They had been firm in declining the request.
The iPhone that is in question belongs to one of the two San Bernardino shooters, which was issued by the county itself, the establishment that he and his wife went to and started shooting at people having a holiday party. The shooting took place last December 2, just days after the Paris attacks, and killed 14 then wounded an additional 22 people.
The request is to have Apple disable the passcode protections so as to allow infinite number of guesses and not to erase the possible valuable data stored in the gadget. The Justice Department claims that their request will not pose any danger to any other phone and that Apple’s resistance is just for their business model and public brand marketing strategy.
Many tech companies have rallied behind Apple such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Microsoft founder Bill Gates also gave his comment on the issue just recently.
Fourth Estate Staff