More people side with Apple in San Bernardino iPhone case


As we spool up the legal cogs in what looks to be Apple v. FBI,  the court of public opinion is now in session.

Public sentiment has shifted to the statistical middle of the road when it comes to the issue of privacy versus security. Namely, personal privacy versus national security.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll that surveyed 1,200 registered voters says that 47 percent of respondents worry the government isn’t going far enough in monitoring terror suspects’ communications. 44 percent are scared that government would go too far and violate citizens’ privacy. The poll has a margin of error of 2.83 percentage points up or down.

Here’s where the tipping point is: in the case of the court order forcing Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking the iPhone possessed by one of the San Bernardino mass shooters, 47 percent actually said that the company shouldn’t comply with the order, compared to the 42 percent saying it should.

A previous poll from Pew Research asked essentially the same privacy/security prompt from above and respondents favored more government action two-to-one over less action. The tide against Apple has turned as it has crusaded against having to develop a special version of iOS to allow the FBI to decrypt the phone without risk of wiping all data from the phone. The company says it poses a security risk to all of its customers and a dangerous anti-privacy precedent.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Pew Research
Via: Cult of Mac


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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and has been on the team since May of 2015. Before that, he was a production intern, editing and producing the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and also editing other video projects from the team. He is a Emerson College graduate of 2015 with studies in journalism.