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Donald Trump sides with US govt on Apple encryption battle

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US Republican nominee hopeful Donald Trump has weighed in on the feud between the FBI and Apple.

The battle concerns whether Apple should unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernadino massacre. When the FBI demanded Apple do so, CEO Tim Cook refused, writing an open letter to customers explaining his reasoning. It seems Trump isn't convinced.

"To think Apple won't allow us to get into her cellphone?" he said during an interview on Fox and Friends (via Yahoo! News). "Who do they think they are?"

The FBI is demanding Apple make a new version of iOS that lacks the security features of the consumer version. Cook says that "in the wrong hands... this would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone's physical possession."

He explained that Apple "have no sympathy with terrorists", and that disobeying the FBI "is not something we take lightly". He described the demand as "chilling", and that complying "would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."

Read more: Apple vs the FBI: Why is Apple so upset?

Trump rejected this argument, insisting that – as the FBI claims – making a backdoor to iOS would only be used once to find out all they could about the shooter.

Trump has made demands of tech companies before. Last month, he claimed he would make Apple start producing its gadgets in the US to bring back jobs he claims have been lost to China. At the end of last year, he called on Microsoft founder Bill Gates to shut down parts of the internet to stop terrorists spreading their message and recruiting followers.

pimlicosound

February 18, 2016, 10:13 am

"would only be used once"

These things are never used only once.

Bugblatter

February 18, 2016, 12:18 pm

This helps Apple; most Americans can't bring themselves to side with Trump.

Bugblatter

February 18, 2016, 12:19 pm

Easy, he's a fascist.

Rex Steinkuller

February 18, 2016, 1:55 pm

And you're a moron, now can you please define the corporation p

mode11

February 18, 2016, 2:20 pm

If it's used in this case, which is already effectively closed, when wouldn't it be used? What about cases where suspects were still at large? It would wind up being used hundreds of times, as the FBI well knows.

Anyway, once they had the tool / hooks in iOS, the FBI would just modify it to use it whenever they feel like it - they'd hardly bother asking Apple's permission. Saving lives and all that.

Eugen

February 18, 2016, 7:31 pm

Skipping the malicious political nature of this article, the photo choice and the intentional misrepresentation of Donald Trump in the last paragraph, he is right, if there's a court order anything can be searched. Including a known terrorist's phone. I hate to burst your bubble but the encryption argument isn't 100% on either side. He's also right about terrorists recruiting unhindered on Twitter and Facebook while social media platforms team up with western governments to filter and prosecute their own citizens and enforce political correctness. Think about the Cologne muslim rape games, you only know about those because of word of mouth on social media, the established media waited for the government's position to cover a mass sexual assault.

Eugen

February 18, 2016, 7:49 pm

This article cheapens the Trusted Reviews brand, if it ever had one.

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