Bloomberg, Apple in its defence said “The false claims made about our company are an excuse to weaken encryption and other security measures that protect millions of users and our national security.”
Apple in its statement said that the company had provided all data support to the FBI. “We provided every piece of information available to us, including iCloud backups, account information and transactional data for multiple accounts, and we lent continuous and ongoing technical and investigative support to FBI offices in Jacksonville, Pensacola and New York over the months since,” it said.
US Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray had criticised Apple in a press conference recently and said, “We received, effectively, no help from Apple.”
Criticising Apple’s policy of prioritising user privacy and not creating a backdoor for the law enforcement agencies, Barr said, “For some reason, there are some tech companies who feel that they’re above that and that they unilaterally can make decisions based on their business interest and regardless of the dangers posed to the public and we cannot let that happen.”
Apple in response to creating a backdoor for the police in iPhones said, “It is because we take our responsibility to national security so seriously that we do not believe in the creation of a backdoor — one which will make every device vulnerable to bad actors who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers. There is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys, and the American people do not have to choose between weakening encryption and effective investigations.”