Apple wants government to form commission over FBI demand
Apple CEO Tim Cook has asked the U.S. government to withdraw its court action demanding tools that will allow the FBI to hack the passcode of an iPhone, and instead set up a commission of tech, intelligence and civil liberties experts to discuss “the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms.”
“We have done everything that’s both within our power and within the law to help in this case. As we’ve said, we have no sympathy for terrorists,” Cook said in an email Monday to Apple employees. Apple said it would gladly participate in the commission.
The FBI has sought help from Apple for a workaround to the auto-erase function in an iPhone 5c, running iOS 9, which was used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino, California, attack on Dec. 2. The FBI is concerned that without this workaround from Apple it could accidentally erase data, while trying to break the passcode by “brute force” techniques.