FBI is asking apple to help in unlocking the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the two terrorists who killed 14 people at San Bernardino in December. The California court had ordered Apple inc to comply, but Apple refused arguing-giving such kind of information can serious harm the security of Apple users world-wide.
The court has ordered apple to give reasonable technical assistance to FBI to get access to the iPhone used by a terrorist. In such kind of assistance apple supposed to allow FBI investigators to insert multiple passwords via a computer and not adding delaying process in between.
According to Apple it helped FBI to its extent. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, said this kind breaking encryption can seriously harm consumer trust in the company. Security is the main feature of any tech company, and US government is asking Apple to do that. According to Apple, it can’t put its consumer security at risk, by providing such kind of backdoor access to the world’s most secured operating system. It may open a Pandora’s Box that leads to further intervention by other governments and agencies around the world.
Many techno giants support Apples stand on this. According to Google “law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders, but that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data.”
Apple concern is valid a larger prospective, as it might damage company’s reputation and values and creating ensure feeling among it consumers.