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Here’s who’s supporting Apple against the FBI—and who’s not
The battle is shaping up.
Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., are taking sides in the legal battle for the future of privacy and security.
A U.S. magistrate judge this week issued a court order compelling Apple to create specialized software made to bypass security features on the iPhone 5c used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two shooters in the deadly December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California.
Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly rejected this order in a statement released late Tuesday evening. “Opposing this order is not something we take lightly,” Cook wrote. “We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.”
Apple, privacy advocates, and a growing list of technology companies and U.S. lawmakers fear the specialized software that Apple would be forced to create could be abused by law enforcement—and if it fell into the wrong hands, it could put the security of every iPhone user at risk.
Here is where prominent lawmakers, technology experts, and Internet companies currently stand on the issue:
Explicitly supports Apple:
Rep. Ted Leiu (D-Calif.)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)
Hasn’t taken a side:
Wants the issue to be resolved by Congress:
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Supports FBI and the court:
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
We will update this list as more parties take a stand on the case—or refuse to do so.
Update 9:48am CT, Feb. 22: Added Ron Wyden.
Update 12:34pm CT, Feb. 22: Added Richard Burr and San Bernardino victims.
Update 11:00am CT, Feb. 25: Added Rep. Jim Himes.
Illustration via Max Fleishman
Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.