It’s not every day protesters show up in four dozen cities in support of a cause, let alone to back a highly profitable corporation whose stock is among the most highly prized on Wall Street. But because that company is Apple, run by out CEO Tim Cook, who is defiantly resisting a federal court order that has riled up privacy activists, demonstrators lined up all across the country Tuesday in a coordinated protest.
They were prompted by last week’s announcement by Cook that he would refuse to adhere to a federal judge’s order to provide the FBI with access to information on an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, which like all iPhones is encrypted. Fourteen people were killed in that tragedy last year, and investigators are looking to bypass the encryption in hopes they might find accomplices.
Cook and his supporters say creating a back door into even one iPhone could lead to an invasion of privacy for all users of the popular Apple mobile device, and set a dangerous precedent.
“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Greer, in a statement on Fight for the Future’s Tumblr page. “Encryption and security technology is what protects our hospitals, our airports, our water treatment facilities. If we allow the government to start forcing private companies to punch holes in these critical defenses, it’s not a question of if those backdoors will be exploited by those wishing to do harm, but when.”
Fight for the Future posted photos from the events in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Washington, New York, Boston, Houston, Portland, Ore., Ann Arbor, Mich. and, Alburqueque, N.M. on its Imgur page.
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