US President Donald Trump has lambasted iPhone-maker Apple in a long Twitter description condemning its stance on situations that require access to its device. This came after the shooting spree in Florida’s Naval Air Station Pensacola on December 6. The accused, Mohammad Alshamrani uses an iPhone and the FBI wants to investigate his iPhone.
We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug dealers and other violent criminal elements. They will have to step up to the plate and help our great Country, NOW! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2020
Millions of people use the iPhone and are synonymous with security but in certain situations, Apple is caught in trouble as its enhanced security is in the middle of the probe that is being investigated by certain law enforcement agencies.
Apple responded firmly in a statement, “We reject the characterization that Apple has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation. Our responses to their many requests since the attack have been timely, thorough and are ongoing.
US Attorney General William Barr had claimed that the Cupertino giant Apple hadn’t provided substantive aid in the shooting case. But this isn’t the first time Apple is in this problem. Back in 2015, US law enforcement officials were investigating the prime suspects who were involved in a shooting in California that had killed 14 people.
Apple explained that doing so would “undermine decades of security advancements.” It further released a statement, “The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals.”
Apple claimed that it had given “gigabytes of information” that included transactional data, iCloud information, etc. for the Naval Air Station’s mass shooting. Back when Trump was a presidential candidate, he said that people should “boycott” Apple till they give the details the government was asking.