- The reason is the refusal of the company to help the FBI to unlock an iPhone.
- Large technology firms in Silicon Valley plan to file legal motions in support of the company founded by Steve Jobs.
- One of the main lawyers for Apple in the case warned on Friday that the yield to government pressure would lead to a “police state”.
the fight waged by Apple with the US government’s refusal of the company to help the FBI to unlock an iPhone promises to greatly intensify next week when large technology firms in Silicon Valley plan to file legal motions in support of the company.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon and Yahoo plan to submit several motions to express its support for Apple, in a gesture that is expected to create a united front in Silicon Valley in the open debate on privacy and security with the US government front.
The war drums also sound strongly in Washington, especially on Tuesday when a hearing is scheduled on the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives to discuss how to find a necessary balance between security and Privacy .
Among those expected to testify at the hearing is the principal legal adviser to Apple, Bruce Sewell , as well as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey, and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.
Neither side is showing signs of weakness in the fight involving an iPhone phone used by one of the authors of the shooting last December in the Californian city of San Bernardino, that killed 14 people and 22 wounded , in a case under investigation as terrorism.
The request of the FBI
The FBI wants the technology company help you unlock the device.
Specifically, the FBI seeks to Apple design a software that allows you to remove the security system installed on the phone and is scheduled to erase all contents of the device after ten attempts password you failed.
That would allow the federal agency to use the method known as “brute force” , which uses a computer to test a large number of password combinations until you find the right one.
The federal judge Sheri Pym last week ordered Apple to help FBI agents the week, what the technology giant based in the California city of Cupertino (United States) refuses.
One of the main lawyers for Apple in the case, Theodore Olson , warned on Friday that the yield to government pressure would lead to a “police state”.
“One can imagine different law enforcement officials telling Apple want a new product to access something ” Olson said Friday told the CNN.
“Even a state judge could ask Apple to design something. There would be no end point. lead to a police state”, said the lawyer.
“It’s very easy to say that there is a case of terrorism and, therefore, one has to do everything the government says, but you do not want to violate the freedoms we all celebrate civilians simply because they use the word terrorism, “he said Olson.
Apple argued in its formal Pym judge response Thursday that the “unprecedented order” the government to Apple to help you access the data in one of its iPhones “finds no support in the law and violate the Constitution.”
The Cupertino giant believes the issue should be resolved in Congress, a view shared some of their technological rivals like Microsoft, which holds that the law of century XVIII where the legal case against Apple relies Government is out of date.
“We do not believe that courts should try to troubleshoot technology issues of the twenty-first century with laws that were written in the era of the adding machine,” he said Thursday at a hearing in Congress main legal adviser Microsoft, Brad Smith.
Apple, meanwhile, says it is willing to take the case to the Supreme Court.