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Apple v FBI encryption case in quotes - Bill Gates, Google, Edward Snowden

Tamlin Magee | March 29, 2016
As the FBI and Apple wage a battle in the courts, technology heavyweights are publicly coming out in favour of encryption

Here's the statement in full:

"From the beginning, we objected to the FBI's demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government's dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.

"We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.

"Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security, and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

"This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion."

2. Apple vs FBI: Justice Department accesses San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, drops case against Apple

Apple vs FBI: Justice Department accesses San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, drops case against Apple
Image: Flickr / Cranberries

In a brief filing this Monday, the Justice Department said it was dropping the case against Apple.

It said: "Applicant United States of America, by and through its counsel of record, the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, hereby files this status report called for by the Court's order issued on March 21, 2016. (CR 199.)

"The government has now successfully accessed the data stored on Farook's iPhone and therefore no longer requires the assistance from Apple Inc. Mandated by Court's Order Compelling Apple Inc. To Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016.

"Accordingly, the government hereby requests that the Order Compelling Apple Inc. To Assist Agents in Search dated February 16, 2016 be vacated."

3. Apple vs FBI: NSA Whistleblower dismisses FBI claim as "bullsh*t"

Apple vs FBI: NSA Whistleblower dismisses FBI claim as
Image: Flickr/Tony Webster

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has now dismissed the FBI's claim that only Apple can access the iPhone in question as "bullsh*t".

"The FBI says Apple has the 'exclusive technical means' of getting into this phone," he said. "Respectfully, that's bullsh*t."

Shortly after the comments, made via video link from Moscow to Common Cause, Snowden tweeted support for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report that also dismisses the FBI's claims.

"The global technological consensus is against the FBI," Snowden said.

4. Apple vs FBI: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

Apple vs FBI: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
Image: Flickr/UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

 

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