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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

"If we have opportunities to work with governments and folks to make sure that there aren't terrorist attacks then we're going to take those opportunities and we feel a pretty strong responsibility to help make sure society is safe," he said. "We care about that. That's a big deal. We take that seriously."

14. Apple vs FBI: New York Police Department

Apple vs FBI: New York Police Department
Image: Flickr/Adrian Owen

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R Vance claimed police and prosecutors are struggling to access 175 Apple devices because of the company's encryption. At a press conference, Vance described Apple devices as "warrant-proof".

According to Associated Press, Vance said police frequently rely on evidence taken from phone data to investigate everything from identity theft to murder.

And New York City police commissioner William Bratton said: "We cannot give those seeking to harm us additional tools to keep their activity secret. I reiterate my call on Congress to act immediately in passing legislation to provide law enforcement the tools we need to keep America safe."

15. Apple vs FBI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Apple vs FBI: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Image: Flickr/Michael Basial

While Microsoft hasn't come out officially for or against, CEO Satya Nadella retweeted chief legal officer Brad Smith - who himself linked to a Reform Government Surveillance statement.

The Reform Government Surveillance group is a collection of Silicon Valley heavyweights - AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.

Microsoft's Brad Smith wrote that it's "essential to have [a] broad public discussion on these important issues."

The statement from Reform Government Surveillance reads: "Technology companies should not be required to build in backdoors to the technologies that keep their users' information secure. RGS companies remain committed to providing law enforcement with the help it needs while protecting the security of their customers and their customers' information."

16. Apple vs FBI: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Apple vs FBI: Electronic Frontier Foundation

Perhaps unsurprisingly, privacy advocate NGO Electronic Frontier Foundation found itself on the side of Apple.

In a statement posted to its website, the organisation said: "We are supporting Apple here because the government is doing more than simply asking for Apple's assistance. For the first time, the government is requesting Apple write brand new code that eliminates key features of iPhone security-security features that protect us all.

"Essentially, the government is asking Apple to create a master key so that it can open a single phone. And once that master key is created, we're certain that our government will ask for it again and again, for other phones, and turn this power against any software or device that has the audacity to offer strong security. 


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