The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.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.That is why encryption has become so important to all of us.For many years, we have used encryption to protect our customers’ personal data because we believe it’s the only way to keep their information safe.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.
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 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 have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your i Phone are none of our business.
We were shocked and outraged by the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino last December.