Today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the company will not help the FBI build an iPhone that is easier to hack, reports Alberto Luperson of Law Newz. This new announcement comes on the tail of the FBI’s request that Apple help them break into a phone — specifically the phone of San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook’s phone.
Cook said in his open letter to Apple customers, “Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation.” Cook understands the gravity of the situation, and Apple insists that they have been helpful up to this point, but the concern for this new iOS being used against innocent people is too great. Cook continued, “The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone, but that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.”
This situation is clearly a complex one, with benefits and drawbacks on each side. Should Apple comply with the FBI, or stick to their guns and protect the privacy of their millions of customers? Donald Trump’s opinion on the matter falls in line with the former suggestion, as he believes that Apple should help the FBI hack the phone.
In a phone interview with Fox & Friends, Trump said, “I agree 100 percent with the courts…Who do they think they are? No, we have to open it up.” A clip from the interview can be viewed below, courtesy of Fox & Friends via Twitter.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) February 17, 2016
It’s no surprise that Trump has the views that he has regarding this debate. After all, he has revealed in the past his plan to close certain parts of the internet in order to combat terrorism. Donald Trump is also not the only Republican candidate to have an opinion on the to hack or not to hack debate. Marco Rubio said that he hopes Apple will cooperate “voluntarily,” and John Kasich said that he does not think it is government over-reach to hack into the phone. He also said that “the last thing we need” is Apple and the United States government fighting.