As a result of Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone, the Maricopa County, Ariz. Attorney's Office has announced that it will not allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements.
"Apple's refusal to cooperate with a legitimate law enforcement investigation to unlock a phone used by terrorists puts Apple on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety," said County Attorney Bill Montgomery in a prepared statement. "Positioning their refusal to cooperate as having anything to do with privacy interests is a corporate PR stunt and ignores the 4th Amendment protections afforded by our Constitution."
Montgomery added that prosecutors have regularly secured warrants to unlock encrypted smartphones, "including iPhones sold prior to the release of the iPhone 7." It's not immediately clear why the office chose to refer to an as yet-unannounced handset.
Evidence obtained this way has allegedly proven "critical" in cases involving murder, drug trafficking, and other crimes. He suggested that Apple is concerned about "the potential for unauthorized access to an encryption key," and that if so, the problem should be dealt with in that context.
In a TV interview aired Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook argued that in the future, the company could theoretically be compelled to create tools for surveillance if orders under the All Writs Act stand.
The Maricopa County iPhone ban may have relatively little impact, since the Attorney's Office says that it has 564 smartphones in all, of which 366 are iPhones. Montgomery concluded by saying that he can't do business with a company that interferes with an investigation into a terrorist attack.
"If Apple wants to be the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals, there will be a consequence," he said.
Once everyone realize the police and the government have never stop bad things from happen, they only here to clean up the mess they caused in the first place then people will realize this is more about the government ability to drag your ass into court when they feel like it. The show Law and Order has been on TV for 20 yrs now and you think most everyone would have seen it at least few times and at the begin of the show is say the police role is to investigate and the DA to prosecute crimes. Has anyone ever seen the police motto say stop and prevent crime.
The government does not like the fact they can not force people to incriminate themselves and now they do not like the fact they can not pry into every aspect of your life. The government may come after you for one crime and after they dig through your life they find you did many bad things in your life and then use this to get you to plead to as many things as they can to ensure a conviction.
I'm glad they included "iPhones sold prior to the release of the iPhone 7". Whew!
More power to him. Stand up for what you believe! Down with the establishment! No more anarchy!That being said... I wonder what new upgrades I will get on the iPhone 7 when I buy it in September?
What an idiot! Doesn't he realize that Google/Android also sided with Apple?
Perhaps Mr. Cook is getting a kickback from terrorists. Based on their refusal to help law enforcement with cracking this one particular phone, I will never buy another Apple product again.