Apple wants the U.S. government to form a commission on encryption issues. Bobbi Rebell reports.
Apple’s data privacy standoff proposal
Apple not backing down on its stance to protect customers’ data. The iPhone maker urging the creation of a government panel on encryption issues to help resolve a standoff over data privacy and national security.
“Apple would gladly participate in such an effort,” the company wrote on its website Monday.
Apple has been refusing a government demand to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the killers in the mass shooting in San Bernadino, California in December.
Forrester Research’s John Kindervag:
SOUNDBITE: JOHN KINDERVAG, VICE PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL ANALYST, SECURITY & RISK, FORRESTER RESEARCH (ENGLISH) SAYING:
“I think the commission is a bit of a redirection to make Apple seem like they want to be cooperative while at the same time I don’t think there is any way that Apple will adhere to this without this going to the Supreme court. “
Cook also made it clear the company’s stance is about broader issues, saying in an email to employees:
“At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.”
Apple faces new opposition. Reuters has learned that some victims of the San Bernadino attack will file a legal brief backing the U.S. government’s efforts to force Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters.