“I am for a law that is very, very specific on when a vendor can be forced to grant the same access as Apple is being asked to do”, Cuban tells TechCrunch.
While both proposals are an immediate breach of privacy, the first request should not even be considered.
Apple’s standoff with the feds has touched off an intense debate.
Granted, there may not be a technological solution that will satisfy all sides, but it’s well worth the effort.
A USA has magistrate ordered Apple to produce software that would give investigators access to the iPhone at issue.
Deservedly, the federal government lost a lot of credibility with the National Security Agency’s sweeping domestic surveillance.
The government insists that this new, custom software would be used just this once.
It’s also not a bad way to get some attention since he’s one of the Libertarian Party’s candidates for president. “Handing the govt a potential passkey to millions of phones would be lunacy”.
“Forcing companies to enable hacking could compromise users’ privacy”, he writes.
Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted on its microblogging that ” we stand with Apple” and then thanked Tim Cook for his leadership.
Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban: “Amen”. Over 4,500 readers responded, and 55% said yes while 36% said no. The publication reported that after Edward Snowden blew the whistle at the extent of government spying, tech companies such as Facebook, Apple, and Twitter have publicly stated that they would not create backdoors anymore.
Facebook asserts that while it complies with lawful requests for user data, it will “continue to fight aggressively” against requirements that weaken an organization’s security.
Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a lukewarm tweetstorm that tentatively expressed support for Apple CEO Tim Cook’s open letter against the government’s desire to provide a backdoor into iPhones in case of terrorist attacks. “We have to use common sense”.
“The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers”.
Compare that response to Trump, who bellowed on Wednesday to “Fox and Friends“, “To think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cellphone?”
Issa, who represents north coastal San Diego County and south Orange County, is considered an authority in Congress on information technology and privacy and has sponsored key legislation. Although Apple is an American company, their products are outsourced to manufacturers in China, Mongolia, Korea and Taiwan.
The Manhattan District Attorney disagrees saying it is critical for prosecutors to be able to gain access to data stored on phones.