Lee Rigby's Family Doesn't Agree with Mobile Devices' Encryption

The family of Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was murdered by extremists in 2013, has criticised Apple and uncle Ray McClure said the company was "protecting a murderer's privacy at the cost of public safety".

In December, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik were shot after killing 14 people in California. US officials said Malik pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State in a social media post on the day of the shooting.

Apple had been ordered to help the FBI circumvent security software on Farook's iPhone, which the FBI said contained crucial information. But the company said it would oppose the court order because it "set a dangerous precedent".

"Valuable evidence is on that smartphone and Apple is denying the FBI access to that information," Mr McClure told the BBC. "If a court issued a warrant in the UK or United States to search somebody's house, you wouldn't stop them, you would allow them in - why should a smartphone be any different? "If Mr Cook has no sympathy for terrorists, why is he stopping the FBI accessing those phone records?"

Apple has not indicated whether fulfilling the court order would be physically possible.

Source: BBC

WireTech Comments

Regulations, or even espionage can reduce the risk of potentital attack, but it will never prevent from happening. As the society is developed,  more complex processes emerged, and more people use modern technologies than ever before. Lee Rigy's family thinks that if FBI had access to Apple's devices, it could help to save Lee's life.

Unfortunatelly terrorits usually plan what they are going to do. If the technology is under control by government/security agencies, then people will definitely find workarounds. The way how they will achieve it can be actually quiet simple - reduce the dependence on technology.



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