The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.
When I read Tim’s historic post, I wonder how many other technology companies have simply complied with the DOJ’s requests in similar situations. I was happy to see Jack tweet Twitter’s support and follow Apple’s lead.
Do we have any assurance that Google (Android, Nestcam), Facebook, Dropbox and others are standing resolute with Apple?
Now would be the time to stand straight and tall.
Update: It looks like Facebook is on Apple’s side as well. Good.