Various polls conducted on the heels of Apple’s refusal to comply with a court order and assist the FBI in decrypting an iPhone 5c potentially containing information relevant to the San Bernardino shooting investigation have perhaps surprisingly shown most Americans don’t share Tim Cook’s stance on privacy.
But even as all remaining Republican presidential candidates and miscellaneous public institutions turn up the heat on Apple to give up security for this “particular” device, the tech giant’s opposition is unflinching.
More so after an unexpected favorable New York district court ruling in a separate drug case, and now, the growth of the cause’s supporters by a very important one. Namely, Salihin Kondoker, a man who was personally grieved by last December’s tragedy, yet who is capable of seeing the big picture here.
The husband of San Bernardino survivor Anies Kondoker, who was shot three times in the hallway of the ill-fated Inland Regional Center, Salihin penned an emotional but refreshingly rational letter to Judge Sheri Pym of the Central District of California in a friend-of-the-court filing on Apple’s behalf.
The first good point he makes is the iPhone at issue was used as a work device by one of the two apprehended and killed terrorists, thus likely holding no valuable information. Even if it does, the privacy and security of hundreds of millions of people has to prevail, as a dangerous legal precedent could be set, prompting “agencies coming from all over the world to get access to the software the FBI is asking Apple for.”
Finally, Salihin Kondoker is of the very reasonable opinion “it was guns that killed innocent people, not technology.” Therefore, what the US needs is “stronger gun laws” instead of more government control over personal data. FBI, you just got served!
Source: BuzzFeed News