Apple Struggles To Keep Your iPhone Safe From The FBI

Other | Friday 19th February 2016 | Tom

The U.S government is attempting to weaken encryption technology, and is currently embroiled in a deep legal battle with Apple over attemps to unlock the San Bernardino killers iPhone.

Facebook and Twitter have come out in support of Apple, claiming that the unlocking of this particular iPhone would set a ‘chilling precedent’ in the protection of social freedoms.

In a statement released on Thursday, Facebook stated ‘We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services’.

However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.’

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey posted this tweet.

This show of unity between tech companies is the closest they've been in a conflict against the U.S government, ever.

The issue relates to the iPhone 5c belonging to Syed Farook, a suspected Islamist Extremist involved in the San Bernadino massacre. A Federal Magistrate has told Apple to develop a software update that would make it easier to guess an iPhone 5c password, but Apple is worried that this would destroy consumer confidence and could possible lead to other requests such as the uploading of spyware onto a suspect's device.