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Apple Vows to Fight NSA

December 31st, 2013 - 2:42 pm

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The usually tight-lipped tech giant had this to say to All Things D:

Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them.

It’s not just Apple, of course, although by dint of size their name always makes the headlines. What’s new is this situation where American companies are actively and publicly working against our national intelligence establishment — and that most Americans (including yours truly) think that’s a good thing.

Gives one hope that Washington can actually be rolled back.

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Ok, a good first step, but at this point, just talk. If Apple and the rest of the tech industry is serious then I would expect them to use a tiny fraction of their stupendous cash horde to begin legal action against the state. Very few entities in our country have the resources and customer good will to join the fight against the over reaching security infrastructure that Apple and it's peers have. In the words of Bobbie Fleckman, "money talks, B*sh*t walks"....or in this case, loses years of built up goodwill. We'll be watching.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
"American companies are actively and publicly [loudly claiming they are] working against our national intelligence establishment" FIFY

The problem is that once you're handed a National Security Letter, you're stuck. Also, if you resist, I'm pretty sure the feds could disappear you to a cell in the interests of national security. --- And get a judge to agree with them that you're just too dangerous to talk to anyone at all.

I suspect that whomever the second in command was would be easier to deal with. Certainly they'd have cooperation by #3.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
NSA tries to dis-inform about Apple to help their bed mate Google.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Apples problem is that either people believe they are lying or they are massively naive and incompetent. "Answer the question yes or no. Have you stopped beating your wife?"
Is that an Android in your pocket or are you just glad to leave me?
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Your first sentence makes no sense at all; it also happens to be an assertion with zero proof. Your second sentence is a non-clever use of an old expression with no bearing on this case. And your final sentence... anyone switching to Android for increased security is insane, uninformed, or on some really good drugs.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
I'm discussing perception not reality. Conspiracy theory, distrust, suspicion and the desire to stick it to Apple for fun and profit has generated a no win situation for Apple's public relations. Silicon Valley has sent to much money, aid, and comfort to the Democrats in the past. Yes people who think an anti-malware application will keep their Samsung Galaxy 4 from being hacked are behind the curve. I guess i was trying to be too subtle, bye bye.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
So the progs have managed to royally piss off Apple and pretty much the rest of the tech industry, one of if not the largest source of campaign funds for them, and we have several years left to go.

I fear we may not be able to produce sufficient amounts of popcorn in that time.
38 weeks ago
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