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Average Ameriacn
Tue Jan 14 10:59:18
Why don't they do their duty!


Barr ramps up pressure on Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter’s iPhones

The attorney general said that the company “has not given us any substantive assistance.”

Attorney General William Barr on Monday increased the pressure on Apple to help investigators access the locked cellphones of the deceased shooter in the Pensacola, Fla., naval base attack.

“This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once they have obtained a court order based on probable cause,” Barr said during a press conference about the FBI’s investigation into the Dec. 6 shooting.

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The FBI asked Apple for help after its agents were unable to access the shooter’s two iPhones. Apple told POLITICO last week that it provided as much help as it could, but Barr said Monday that the company “has not given us any substantive assistance.”

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“It is very important to know with whom and about what the shooter was communicating before he died,” Barr said. “We call on Apple and other technology companies to help us find a solution so that we can better protect the lives of Americans and prevent future attacks.”

Barr’s comments reflect the Justice Department’s continued fixation on an issue that the government calls “going dark,” the proliferation of encrypted devices and apps that even their creators cannot break into when presented with a warrant.

For years, law enforcement officials have pressed tech companies such as Apple and Facebook to use warrant-compatible encryption.

But Silicon Valley, mindful of privacy and security concerns sparked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s surveillance disclosures, has refused to take that step. Tech companies and cybersecurity experts argue that doing so would weaken the encryption protecting consumers and critical infrastructure from criminals and terrorists.

In speeches and press conferences, senior Trump administration officials have pushed back on that argument, continuing a law-enforcement crusade that began in the 1990s and gained new life after a December 2015 San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack in which the shooter killed 14 people. Afterward, the government sought Apple’s help to bypass security features to access the dead shooter’s iPhone. The tech giant said it was unable to help, leading to a high-profile court battle between Apple and the government.

Last summer, Barr warned that the administration might give up trying to persuade companies to voluntarily change their code. “While we remain open to a cooperative approach,” he said, “the time to achieve that may be limited.”

The administration has not asked Congress to pass legislation mandating changes to encryption, but tech companies faced bipartisan backlash at a Senate hearing in December.

Addressing reporters on Monday, Barr said the Pensacola case illustrated the perils of a world in which criminals and terrorists could hide their plotting behind warrant-proof encryption.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of these cases,” he said, “and it’s becoming a grave problem.”

While encryption has stymied federal investigators in several cases since President Donald Trump took office, his administration has refrained from launching a high-profile legal fight with Apple of the sort that Obama-administration officials pursued after the San Bernardino attack.

Barr declined to comment on Monday when asked if DOJ would sue Apple to obtain more assistance in the Pensacola investigation.

Even so, the attorney general left no doubt about his position on the complicated issue of encryption.

“We don’t want to get into a world where we have to spend months and even years exhausting efforts when lives are in the balance,” he said. “We should be able to get in once we have a warrant that establishes that criminal activity is probably underway.”
Tue Jan 14 15:43:36
Sounds like the FBI needs to get better at getting into encrypted devices.
Tue Jan 14 19:01:37
Agreed, Apples doing whats patriotic ans protecting its users.
Average Ameriacn
Wed Jan 15 03:41:27
Why do you hate Trump and America?


Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

12:36 AM · Jan 15, 2020
Average Ameriacn
Wed Jan 22 09:08:47
Trump knows what he wants and he will get it, Apple will bow like China and Mexico did!


President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his pressure over Apple’s refusal to unlock iPhones for authorities in criminal cases.

“Apple has to help us. And I’m very strong on it,” Trump told “CNBC Squawk Box” co-host Joe Kernen from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “They have the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds, and we can do things.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been credited with being able to work with the president and his administration in a way other Silicon Valley companies have stumbled. In November, Cook toured Apple’s Austin campus with Trump.

Trump told CNBC he’s helped Apple a lot, including waivers from tariffs put on Chinese-made imports in the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

“I’ve given them waivers, because it’s a great company, but it made a big difference,” Trump said.
Wed Jan 22 13:31:59
What a surprise that a cuck with New York values wants to devalue privacy rights
large member
Wed Jan 22 13:44:03
So you want Apple to help the Government spy on people.

Huawei on earth would you want anything like that?
Wed Jan 22 13:54:42
I actually agree with Jergul %100.
Wed Jan 22 18:31:25
“I’ve given them waivers, because it’s a great company, but it made a big difference,” Trump said.

No company should get waivers. Either put tariffs on that shit or don't.
Wed Jan 22 18:46:39
More importantly would we better off if Apple, alphabet, Amazon, Facebook etc were broken up?

Each are monopolies or border it.
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