This year, nearly all of us have seen the big argument between Apple and FBI. The bureau requested Apple an iPhone 5c that previously belonged to the terrorist Syed Farook who commited the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. However, Apple refused to unlock the phone, justifying that “the company protects privacy of their customers”. Then it described in detail, that since iOS 8 and above, Apple doesn’t hold the encryption keys for the devices. Unlocking such device would force the company to decrypt its new privacy technology, making it useless.
Okay. That would be a pretty fine description. But then, later, why did Apple refuse to unlock an iPhone running iOS 7? The phone was also used while someone committing crime. This time, Apple had access to the encryption keys, since they were stored on its servers. This was, to me, another bad example of how Apple supports crime, while stating it does everything possible to fight against it.
But it does not.
In recent days, several media shared the news about FBI shutting down one of the biggest torrent sites in the world (if not the biggest), Kickass Torrent. This time, Apple broke it’s rule about privacy. It provided FBI an IP address of the Kickass Torrent’s owner, Artem Vaulin. It shared the IP without Mr. Vaulin without his consent and it handed it to FBI without another big debate about our privacy rights.
At Apple, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we respect your privacy and protect it with strong encryption, plus strict policies that govern how all data is handled.
Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services, including iCloud and new services like Apple Pay. And we continue to make improvements. Two-step verification, which we encourage all our customers to use, in addition to protecting your Apple ID account information, now also protects all of the data you store and keep up to date with iCloud.
It seems this doesn’t apply anymore. It seems that Apple chooses who has the privacy for the right and who not. And Apple chose to support terrorism by not providing access to data of a mass murderer from San Bernardino, while providing access to an IP address of one of it’s customers.
Therefore. I refuse to support a company that shows it’s sympathy for terrorism.