Technology companies in the modern world have a difficult life. They fall into scandals related to the confidentiality of user data, and if the company is protecting the data – it causes resentment among the authorities.
U.S. attorney General William Barr has criticized Apple for failing to help American law enforcement agencies, as well as cooperation with Russia and China. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing the U.S. Department of justice.
William Barr spoke at the briefing in the case of a Saudi soldier Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani. In December of 2019, he opened fire on the US naval base in Florida, injured 11 people and was killed. According to Barr, the FBI has asked Apple to provide access to two phones al-Shamrani, but the Corporation refused. The phone managed to crack only half a year later. Barr said that Apple’s rejection of cooperation would threaten national security and urged to change the situation with the help of the law. U.S. attorney General also noted that many tech companies are in favor of strong encryption while protecting private life, “ready to adapt to authoritarian regimes” when they need to protect their business interests. “For example, there have been many reports that Apple is working with the Communist party of China and with the Russian regime to move data centers and allow the governments of these countries EN masse to watch the citizens. If such technology companies as Apple ready to meet the requirements of authoritarian regimes, they have no reason to refuse cooperation with countries where there is rule of law that respects civil liberties and right to privacy,” said Barr.
Earlier, U.S. President Donald trump has already expressed his dissatisfaction with the fact that Apple does not want to cooperate with law enforcement. However, Apple claims that it constantly helps the FBI with phones that are associated with the shooting in the town of Pensacola. The company provided the data copied from the phone to the iCloud servers, and account information. Apple alleges that he gave the gigabytes of data the investigators and answered every request within a few hours. The company also suggested that the FBI seems to be acceptable to such cooperation, because, according to Apple, “the FBI notified us only on January 6 that they need extra help – a month after the attack.” Apple has not commented on the new statement by the US attorney General.