Apple fights off charges by US Attorney General

11 months ago

Investing.com – Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has denied allegations made by U.S. Attorney General William Barr. He criticized the iPhone maker, saying its privacy policy threatens US national security.

The Attorney General also accused Apple of collaborating with Russia and China, who, he said, are trying to establish “surveillance” for their citizens.

“False allegations against our company are an excuse to weaken the encryption and other security measures that protect millions of users and our national security,” Bloomberg quoted the company as saying.

Apple emphasizes that it sells identical devices in all countries, does not store user passwords and does not have the ability to unlock the device, as they strive to ensure that protection cannot be circumvented.

“All these actions apply equally to our operations in all countries of the world,” Apple said.

The anger of the US Attorney General was caused in particular by the case when it took four months for law enforcement agencies to crack the phone of an al-Qaeda-related (banned in Russia) criminal who shot at a military base in Florida last year. According to Barr, large technology companies, including Apple, refuse to cooperate with law enforcement.

The IT giant objected that it provided the information it had a few hours after receiving an FBI request.

“We provided every detail of the information that we had, including iCloud backup, account information and transaction data with multiple accounts, we provided technical assistance and investigation assistance to the FBI offices in Jacksonville, Pensacola, New York over the next months.” – the company said in a statement.

Apple claims to be working with law enforcement in both this and a thousand other cases.
“There is no tool to circumvent protection just for the good guys, and the American people should not choose between loosening encryption and effective investigation,” Apple notes.

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