President Trump lashed out at Apple Tuesday, castigating the iPhone manufacturer for what he said was its refusal to unlock phones utilized by criminals while benefiting from government help on trade.
Trump’s tweet came amid the probe into the deadly shooting of three Americans by a Saudi Air Force officer at the U.S. Naval Base in Pensacola, Florida, last month, which Attorney General William Barr referred to as “an act of terrorism” on Monday.
The episode marks the latest flare-up in a privacy debate between technology firms such as Apple and Facebook and authorities.
The tech firms argue that secure encryption protects the privacy and security of their customers. At the same time, legislation enforcement delegates say criminals have used the know-how to escape justice and called on tech companies to provide a way to crack it, utilizing high-profile cases such as Pensacola and the 2015 mass shooting by Islamic militants in San Bernardino.
Apple has stated it cannot access data that’s encrypted with a passcode and stored on an iPhone and that it must construct a specific software for doing so, known in the tech trade as a “backdoor.” The agency can and does, nevertheless, hand over information saved on its cloud storage servers to regulation enforcement officers, which often consists of backups of iPhones, including iMessages.
Apple didn’t comment on Trump’s tweet. On Monday, the company stated it rejected “the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive help.”
Earlier on Monday, Barr called on Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock two iPhones concerned within the Pensacola case.
Apple stated it had responded to seven separate authorized requests from federal investigators in December, starting the day of the shooting.