Open Letter from Apple: We Refuse to Hack Our iPhones

Requirements from the federal police forces Tim Cook to ink the House. ‘We refuse to create a backdoor for iOS devices’ sounds from the Apple-head.

It is extremely rare that Apple executives have spoken in an open letter to the authorities. It is nevertheless the Apple boss Tim Cook does, in an open letter to the US Government, under the heading ‘ A Message two Our Customers ‘-an appeal for Apple users.

The case in nutshell is about whether the police and courts do not just have to be able to force their way into devices from suspects-but force a mobile manufacturer as Apple to develop a back door to their iPhones and iPads, and thus allow iOS-device security. And here Apple boss says so:

“We have the utmost respect for the FBI and its servants, and are confident that their intentions are good. So far, we have done everything in our power and in legislation to provide assistance to their tasks.But now requires the U.S. Government to give them something that does not have and which would be dangerous to create: they want to we need to build a back door to the iPhone. “sounds from Tim Cook.

Great need for encryption

Apple’s boss at the same time fleshing out why encryption is so significant in their iPhones and iPads.Here underlined how the smart phone has evolved into an essential communications tool where a large part of all of our private conversations, photos, videos and contacts, as well as both financial and health information is in one place.

And these vital information can smoke in the wrong hands, it is feared.

“Concretely, so would the FBI that we make a new version of iOS operating system that bypasses the key security features and provides the opportunity to force their way into an iPhone during an investigation.Should the software be a reality, and should the smoking in the wrong hands, it will potentially be able to unlock any iPhone you have physical access to. “writes Tim Cook.

For Apple-head it is decades of development within the security of personal information is at stake.

Terror-case creates dangerous precedent

It is the investigation from San Bernardino terrorist attack that underlie the FBI’s interest in getting a back door for Apple’s devices. An attack that claimed the lives of 14 people dead on 2. December 2015.

The US authorities want to get hold of information stored on an iPhone 5S which attack man Syed Farook was in possession and to force this information requires Apple’s assistance.

Here pointing the court documents from the case that Apple has refused to provide the necessary assistance to the American courts.

The refusal explained by Tim Cook who see a use of ‘ All Writs Act’-Court from 1789 – a lovskrivelse that ultimately may require that Apple provide, among other things, messages, financial and health information, locations and even access to the device’s microphone or camera – without the user’s consent.

Tim Cook finishes his appeal to point out the danger for Apple users: ‘ in the end, so we fear that this query will undermine the very freedoms and rights as the US Government should maintain. ”