The US judicial order, where Apple was asked to write a new ‘GovernmentOS’ (GovOS) to facilitate the hacking of iPhone was contempt by ACT | The App Association in a statement released to media.
“It’s not just about GovOS. It’s about thousands of insecure GovApps that the government will force app companies to create in the future,” ACT | The App Association said.
“In their action against Apple, the Department of Justice establishes a precedent that would allow it to compel software modification, forcing any company to re-engineer its code to provide government access and undermine the trust of its customers. The ubiquity of software in our lives underscores the alarming scope of government’s attempted overreach in this case,” it said.
US administration was trying to gain access into the iPhone 5C of Syed Rizwan Farook, who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, in December. The authorities shot the man along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik. It was in this case that the Federal Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators.
Apple has filed a motion against the judge for passing such an order. Apple argued the judge had overstepped her authority and that the FBI’s demands would force the company to write a new ‘GovOS’ to facilitate the hacking of phones.
“ACT | The App Association stands with Apple. We are deeply concerned that the government’s request charts a dangerous path that would have a grave impact on app makers, and a chilling effect on innovation. As Apple rightfully began its motion today, this case is not about one isolated iPhone,” said ACT | The App Association in its statement.