Jeff Fitchett: I think this is a must read article for everyone to be aware of. Our civil liberties are under attack. Most governments are increasingly infringing on our rights. It is a slippery slope we are on and I think that our existence will be fraught with ever increasing repression.
From Zero Hedge:
Following the December 2 horrific mass shooting in San Benardino, Judge Sheri Pym of U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said on Tuesday that Apple must provide "reasonable technical assistance" to investigators seeking to unlock data on - in other words hack - an iPhone 5C that had been owned by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters.
Tim Cook has refused to comply.
The Apple CEO said his company opposed the demand from the judge to help the FBI break into the iPhone. Cook said that the demand threatened the security of Apple's customers and had "implications far beyond the legal case at hand."
It gets worse: in a letter to Apple's customers, Cook said the FBI had asked the company to build "a backdoor to the iPhone", and while this may not have been an issue in the pre-Snowden days, has become a very sensitive topic for a nation that realizes its government is intent on tracking its every move.
"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals," he said.
"We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack."Continue reading the full article