DOJ and FBI officials say Apple & other tech business ‘winning Public Relations battle’ over information personal privacy


Some law enforcement authorities are frustrated that Apple and other tech business seem winning the PR battle over information personal privacy, reports the NYT.

Some Justice and F.B.I. officials have actually been irritated that the White Home has not moved faster or been more outspoken in the public relations fight that the tech companies seem winning, the law enforcement officials said, speaking on the condition of privacy since they were not authorized to talk about the personal conversations.

The comments came in the wake of a DOJ drugs and guns investigation where the firm acquired a court order to get iMessages between suspects, and Apple reacted that it was unable to comply as end-to-end encryption is used, meaning that Apple has no method to decrypt the interactions. Tim Cook stated of iMessages a year ago that the material is “encrypted and we do not have the secret.”

There has long been tension in between Apple and law enforcement agencies over file encryption, Apple saying that its clients right to personal privacy outweighs the right of police to intercept communications– a position reinforced by the Snowden revelations into large-scale electronic monitoring by governments. Police authorities have actually become increasingly strident and hyperbolic in their statements on the topic.

United States Chief law officer Eric Holder said in 2013 that less strict protection would still “sufficiently secure individual privacy,” FBI Director James Comey claimed that Apple’s file encryption was “putting individuals beyond the law,” the DOJ recommended that iPhone encryption could ultimately cause the death of a youngster” and Manhattan district lawyer Cyrus Vance, Jr, stated that the iPhone would be “the terrorists’ interaction device of choice.”

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