Tim Cook published an open letter on Apple.com, addressing customers and explaining the company’s vision about request as the one made by the FBI. Basically the Federal Bureau, want’s Apple to build a backdoor into iOS, so that they can access the data of an iPhone 5c, which belonged to the San Bernardino attacker. Tim Cook says the company he leads has always been co-operant with law enforcement agencies before :
“The FBI asked us for help in the days following the attack, and we have worked hard to support the government’s efforts to solve this horrible crime. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case. We have also made Apple engineers available to advise the FBI, and we’ve offered our best ideas on a number of investigative options at their disposal.”
Furthermore Apple’s CEO gives specific details about the FBI’s request :
“But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone. Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”
As you can see he does not want to open up the ecosystem they try so hard to keep secure. And it’s safe to say neither do we, Apple device owners. This could create a dangerous precedent and if Apple gives in to their demands, any law enforcement agency or government will be able to spy on you. Engineers worked hard for years to keep users safe and Apple does not intend to break this tradition. The FBI wants to use the All Writs Act of 1789 to get access to desired data, but that would mean the government agency could capture data from any device.