Tag Archive for ‘Government’

The Constitution Protects Our Rights ➝

The first amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think it’s worth reading the actual text from time to time. It’s short, simple, and easy to understand.

But I think there is some often ignored nuance to the way it is written — the Constitution doesn’t give you rights, it protects your rights. These are rights that you already have and the Constitution prevents the government from infringing upon them.

➝ Source: constitution.congress.gov

James Comey Writes Editorial on iPhone Unlock Demand ➝

FBI Director James Comey, writing on Lawfare:

The San Bernardino litigation isn’t about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message. […]

The particular legal issue is actually quite narrow. The relief we seek is limited and its value increasingly obsolete because the technology continues to evolve. We simply want the chance, with a search warrant, to try to guess the terrorist’s passcode without the phone essentially self-destructing and without it taking a decade to guess correctly. That’s it.

I’m not buying it.

Tim Cook’s Email to Apple Employees ➝

From Tim Cook’s memo, as published by Re/code:

This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out. At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties. […]

Our country has always been strongest when we come together. We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms. Apple would gladly participate in such an effort.

Also worth reading: Apple’s frequently asked questions regarding the situation.

Twitter Stands with Apple ➝

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO:

We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!

I’m glad there’s another tech company that’s willing to take a stand on this issue. I hope others will follow suit.

Apple Publishes Letter to Customers ➝

Tim Cook:

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. […]

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

I have an immense amount of respect toward Apple and Tim Cook for taking a stand like this. No one else is and somebody needs to. If you read one thing today, make it this.