The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of i OS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor.
And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.
The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically.
This would make it easier to unlock an i Phone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.
People use them to store an incredible amount of personal information, from our private conversations to our photos, our music, our notes, our calendars and contacts, our financial information and health data, even where we have been and where we are going.
All that information needs to be protected from hackers and criminals who want to access it, steal it, and use it without our knowledge or permission.
Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data.
Compromising the security of our personal information can ultimately put our personal safety at risk.
If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your i Phone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data.The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We are challenging the FBI’s demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country.The same engineers who built strong encryption into the i Phone to protect our users would, ironically, be ordered to weaken those protections and make our users less safe.We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack.We mourn the loss of life and want justice for all those whose lives were affected.The FBI asked us for help in the days following the attack, and we have worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime. When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it.We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create.Up to this point, we have done everything that is both within our power and within the law to help them. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the i Phone.The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices.In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. 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.