Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Feb 2016 23:00 UTC
Legal

The case between Apple and the US government keeps generating a lot of responses, but if there's one thing you really need to see, it's ABC's 30-minute interview with Tim Cook about the matter. It's no secret around here that I am not a particular fan of either Apple (or any other company for that matter) or Tim Cook, but I am genuinely impressed by Cook's spirit, insistence, and conviction displayed in this interview.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has firmly and clearly sided with Apple, stating the company will file an amicus brief next week. During a congressional hearing today, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith pulled out an adding machine from 1912, to drive the point home how old the law is that the FBI is relying upon.

"We do not believe that courts should seek to resolve issues of 21st Century technology with a law that was written in the era of the adding machine," Smith said.

I still think Apple will eventually lose this whole thing, but hearing Tim Cook say they will take it all the way to the Supreme Court at least reassures me he is willing to take it all the way.

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crocodile
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2010-01-18

Does anybody sees how ironic is this whole thing?

I mean that Apple (and Microsoft) are fighting for user's privacy whilst Apple and Microsoft are super rich companies who have proved again and again that all they care the most is their profits (e.g. monopoly, tax evading schemes, using patent laws as weapons, etc.).

All I am saying is that the stakes here are so high that definitively not Apple and nor Microsoft (and nor Facebook) should be the ones defending the user's privacy! I guess the next thing (after Apple looses this battle) would be that Apple could start defending the net neutrality for the sake of iPhone users.

Edited 2016-02-27 08:48 UTC

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dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

"...the stakes here are so high that definitively not Apple and nor Microsoft (and nor Facebook) should be the ones defending the user's privacy!"

Kind of agree [Should accept that Apple is confronting FBI on behalf of people, as 'clientele'], but also with Tim: Is FBI and his track record the correct entity to do so?

FBI would weaken the case, if representing more than the victims. But, are the fallen down the only victims?

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dionicio Member since:
2006-07-12

Entities having decades fighting for the consumer.

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