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Facebook, Google, Twitter, Woz, Trump, McAfee, Snowden, and more take sides on Apple vs. the FBI

Oscar Raymundo | Feb. 22, 2016
Tech leaders and politicians debate Apple's fight against the FBI in the court of public opinion.

“We are in jeopardy if you cannot, through proper evidence submitted by a probable cause warrant, be able to open these systems,” Sen. Feinstein said.

Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA)

Los Angeles County Congressman Lieu issued a statement arguing that the government cannot compel Apple, or any other private sector company, to become an arm of law enforcement.

“Can the government force Facebook to create software that provides analytic data on who is likely to be a criminal?”

“This court order also begs the question: Where does this kind of coercion stop?” Congressman Lieu wrote. “Can the government force Facebook to create software that provides analytic data on who is likely to be a criminal? Can the government force Google to provide the names of all people who searched for the term ISIL? Can the government force Amazon to write software that identifies who might be suspicious based on the books they ordered?”

Congressman Lieu is only one of four computer science majors in Congress, and he helped draft the ENCRYPT Act of 2016, in response to states introducing bills to ban the sale of encrypted smartphones.

 

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