Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has urged Americans to boycott Apple after the company opposed FBI order to unlock encrypted iPhone used by Syed Farook in San Bernardino shooting case. While Trump asked Americans to boycott Apple in a tweet posted by him, he himself used Twitter app for iPhone.
After Trump’s tweet, he was criticized in some media reports about breaking his own boycott of Apple. Trump later clarified on Twitter that he uses both and iPhone and a Samsung smartphone. Trump’s next tweet claimed that he will not use iPhone till the time Apple gives information to the FBI.
The second tweet sent possible an Android phone said, “I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn’t give info to authorities on the terrorists I’ll only be using Samsung until they give info.”
Apple has taken a tough stand against the U.S. authorities and the company CEO wrote an open letter presenting his viewpoint on Apple policies and the reason behind taking the step. Apple has received support from many consumer rights groups.
Internet rights group Fight for the Future has scheduled protests outside Apple stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Hong Kong. Protesters are planning to organize protests in more than 30 cities, condemning the FBI decision. FBI has approached court for seeking an order that will force Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone.
Apple said that it will not comply by FBI order and said that its policy gives paramount importance to the need for encryption and customer privacy.
Apple’s open letter said, “The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.”
Customer privacy has been the buzzword in the technology market in the recent years. In his open letter, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that privacy is a civic duty. Technology experts believe that if Apple gives in to the demands of the U.S. authorities at the moment, the company could face similar pressure overseas. In China, Apple had a tough battle to fight on privacy grounds.
Apple’s letter further added, “Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk. That is why encryption has become so important to all of us. Some would argue that building a backdoor for just one iPhone is a simple, clean-cut solution. But it ignores both the basics of digital security and the significance of what the government is demanding in this case.”
Apple has taken a tough stand against the U.S. authorities. Hearing in this case has been scheduled to March 22. The White House has supported FBI in this case till the moment.
According to a Reuters report, “A federal court hearing in California has been scheduled for March 22 in a case involving the Justice Department’s request that Apple help unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.”
Apple said, “We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.”