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Mother of San Bernardino victim sides with Apple in encryption battle with U.S. government

February 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mother of San Bernardino victim sides with Apple in encryption battle with U.S. government

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The mother of a victim killed in the San Bernardino terror attack has come out and backed Apple’s refusal to comply with a court order to help the U.S. government break the encryption code, that would help gain access to the phone of one of the terrorist suspects.

Carol Adams, who is the mother of 40-year-old Robert Adams, the environmental health specialist shot to death by ISIS radicals Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, says she backs Apple’s argument that personal privacy trumps the insistence by the U.S. federal government for new software to help break the iPhones encryption codes.

It would include the killers of her son.

The FBI are seeking to hack into Farook’s mobile device to retrieve information that would help the investigation retrace the steps taken leading up to the Dec. 2, terror attack when he and his wife shot and killed 14 people before being fatally gunned down in a shootout with cops.

US Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym issued a court order mandating Apple to create a back door; that would help the FBI bypass an iPhone feature that destroys data after ten consecutive unsuccessful unlock attempts.

Adams maintained on Thursday that upholding the constitutional right to privacy “is what makes America great,” and justified Apple’s resisting of a court order that would create the software to bypass the built in iPhones’ self-destructing data lock.

The tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook explained explained his reasoning behind Apple’s challenge to the court order.

“The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be utilized over and over again, on any number of devices,” he said.

The FBI have also argued that the software would help the FBI retrieve information from Farook’s iPhone on terror cells operating in the U.S. and possible future terrorist attacks.

Adams said she believed that the software would undermine the Constitution.

“This is what separates us from communism, isn’t it? The fact we have the right to privacy,” she said. “I think Apple is definitely within their rights to protect the privacy of all Americans.”

“This is what makes America great to begin with, that we abide by a constitution that gives us the right to privacy, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.”

Adams said she understands the FBI’s need to search Farook’s phone, but it has to be done without putting others at risk.

Experts believe Apple’s encryption battle with the government could eventually set the stage for a landmark showdown in the United States Supreme Court.

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