Apple refuses to unlock phone, Trump bombards it as “eye-eyed wolf”: have responsibility

Netease Science and Technology News on January 15, according to foreign media reports, on Tuesday local time, US President Trump complained on Twitter that Apple had refused to help law enforcement agencies to unlock the iPhone of the suspect.

It is reported that the FBI sent a letter to Apple on January 8 asking it to help unlock the iPhone used by the Florida shootings but was rejected by Apple. Subsequently, US Attorney General William Barr complained that Apple had not provided “substantial help.” Now, President Trump is beginning to put pressure on Apple again.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Trump wrote, “We have been helping Apple on trade and many other issues, but they have refused to unlock the phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminals.”

He also called on Apple to “come forward” to help the US government investigate.

Apple declined to comment on Trump’s remarks, but said on Monday local time that the company refused to accept the U.S. Department of Justice’s conclusion that Apple had not assisted the investigation.

Apple said it had provided the FBI with information about the shooter’s iPhone, including account information, iCloud backup data, and several account transaction data associated with the device.

Apple also said that the company did not receive a request for an investigation into unlocking the second iPhone until January 8. Although Apple will provide all relevant iPhone data to assist in the investigation, it still stated clearly that it will not create a mobile phone backdoor to assist in the investigation.

“We have always believed that there are no backdoors for good people,” Apple said in a statement released on Monday local time. “Those who threaten our national security and the security of customer data may also take advantage of back doors.”

Trump wrote in a tweet: “We have been helping Apple on trade and many other issues, but they have refused to unlock the phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminals. Now they must come forward and help us be great Country! Make America great again. “

When Trump was a candidate for the 2016 US presidential election, he had warned Apple about the same issue. At the time, Trump called for a boycott of Apple after Apple refused to create a backdoor to unlock the iPhone of a suspect in the San Bernardino shootings.

Although the FBI was eventually able to unlock the iPhone itself without Apple’s help, the US Department of Justice continues to require tech companies to relax their encryption standards in response to their investigations.

Government officials have complained on multiple occasions that investigations have often stalled because of data encryption issues. It insists that technology companies make concessions in terms of user safety and privacy in the name of public safety.

Like Apple, companies such as Facebook, Google and Microsoft are firmly opposed to the move. They warned that relaxing restrictions on encryption would endanger billions of people and devices.

At a U.S. Senate hearing last December, lawmakers issued a stern warning to tech companies: Find ways to cooperate with law enforcement investigations, or Congress will soon enact laws to regulate encryption technology. 

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