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US Govt Tries breaching the privacy of smartphone users: Report

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US Govt Tries breaching the privacy of smartphone users: Report

US administration tries to access private data on iPhone, according to a report by Bloomberg.

According to Bloomberg, the move began after a secret meeting happened around Thanksgiving Day, in which the official under Obama administration asked the agencies to estimate the budget involved and also to identify the laws that need to be changed to make this happen.

It seems the administration is looking forward to ways to access the data in 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. For the investigation to move forward, Federal Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym in California ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to investigators.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company will oppose the order. February 26 is the deadline given to Apple to comply with or to refuse the order. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company has cooperated with the FBI’s investigation, but criticized the order in a letter to consumers.

According to Cook, the only way to break the encryption on the iPhone used by the terrorist would be to write new code. However, he said that such a new code “would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” The phone runs the encrypted iOS 9 operating system.

“We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand,” Cook said. “The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers – including tens of millions of American citizens – from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has raised his support for Apple through a tweet. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also tweeted in support of Cook’s privacy stance.

If Apple comply with the order, it would inspire the US Government officials and other nations to undermine the privacy of the smartphone users. “They are not asking Apple to create a new backdoor to one of its products,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. “They are simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device.”

Ria Lakshman. V is a lead news writer at The Telecom Times. She studied Journalism at Manipal School of Communication and proceeded to work in newspapers and magazines, with technology as her focus area. Passionate about Telecommunications sector, her move to 'The Telecom Times' was a natural choice. Alongside, she also writes for Telecom Talk, where she covers news and tech commentaries in the sector of telecom. In the free time, Ria loves to go camping, read books, or sketch illustrations. She also runs a local design studio and promotes eco-friendly crafts. Ria can be found sharing her knowledge and insights on Twitter.

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