The President of the United States has launched an attack on Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) over privacy regulations.
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
The President has slammed the multinational for refusing to allow access to the iPhones “used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements.”
Trump had his say on twitter following the decision from Apple to decline requests from US Attorney General William Barr and the FBI in allowing access to an iPhone.
The case in question invalid a man who killed three sailors in a shooting last month in Florida at an Air Force base.
Barr also made his frustration public as he said “We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks,”
Apple in all global cases, where it has involved local police, the FBI or even the British MI5 have defended the privacy of its users.
The new profound vision of privacy has been something which Apple have developed and used as a marketing point in the latest release of iPhones, iPads and other devices.
Apple have defended the right to privacy by saying that this was a fundamental human right, as alluded to by CEO Tim Cook in 2018.
Apple has pushed back against suggestions it isn’t cooperating with authorities on the Pensacola case, saying in a statement Monday that it “responded to each request promptly … with all the information that we had.”
“We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys. Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers,”
“Today, law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations. We feel strongly encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.”
Apple have been involved in their faIr share of legal battles, and faced a similar situation in 2016 when they refused to attend to a court order to unlock the iPhone of a shooter involved in the San Bernardino killing.
However, many of the big tech firms globally such as Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) were quick to defend the actions of Apple, which shows the emphasis on the importance of privacy to these multinationals.
Certainly, President Trump has a lot to ponder over. With the current state of affairs in Iran, combined with the planned impeachment procedures there will be a lot changes within American politics over the next few weeks.