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Woz: “Apple’s been the good guy” in fight against FBI

by Todd Haselton | April 22, 2016April 22, 2016 10:00 am PST

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Who’s right and who’s wrong in the battle between Apple and the FBI? It’s a question we’ve tried to answer ourselves. Now, Apple co-founder is sounding off with his opinion on how he feels Apple handled the FBI’s request for unlocking one of the San Bernardino shooters’ cell phone.

In a recent interview with BBC, Wozniak explained this case was special. It wasn’t about Apple deciding to withhold information it had access to but, rather, about Apple’s decision to set a precedent – that it won’t help the government break into the private lives of its users.

Now, keep in mind that Woz doesn’t address the fact that Apple used to do this regularly – as many as 70 times for the government – but that was before Ed Snowden revealed the government’s snooping capabilities. Now that Apple is able to create products that are secure, Woz feels it has a responsibility to deploy that technology.

“Apple’s been the good guy,” Wozniak said. “There are politicians that don’t have a clue to what cyber security is about [who are] trying to pass laws saying Apple has to create a product that’s insecure. That’s a crime. That’s so horrible. I just cry. Why would Apple do it for such a weak case where the government wasn’t going to get any valuable information at all? It wasn’t possible.”

You may agree or disagree with this particular case, but Woz has a point. Apple and other tech firms do have a responsibility to keep our data safe, even if the FBI is willing to spend more than $1.3 million to hire a hacker to try to break in.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...