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ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir recently sat down with Apple CEO Tim Cook for an interview airing tonight that covers Apple's ongoing dispute with the FBI.

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In the interview, Cook will outline the reasons why Apple is objecting to the court order that would require it to help the FBI break into the iPhone owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the December attack in San Bernardino, California.


Over the past two weeks, Apple and the United States government have been embroiled in a monumental dispute over privacy and encryption, stemming from the FBI's request that Apple develop new software to help it hack the passcode on Farook's iPhone 5c. Apple has refused to do so, saying the request sets a "dangerous precedent" that could lead to an overall weakening of encryption policies that endangers the privacy of tens of millions of American citizens.
Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

We are challenging the FBI's demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.
Since the request was made public, Apple and the FBI have engaged in a very public sparring match. The FBI called Apple's refusal a "marketing strategy," while Apple shared details on an Apple ID password change that may have prevented the FBI from obtaining the desired information through an iCloud backup.

The interview will air on World News Tonight at 6:30 Eastern Time. Shortly after, the full show will be available on ABCNews.com.

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Article Link: Tim Cook to Discuss Ongoing FBI Battle on Tonight's Episode of 'World News Tonight'
 
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phillipduran

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If it's not a strategic case of marketing apple as being so secure with data, why go on TV? Why not lay low and let it go through the courts.

The government has been pushing the citizenry around. Getting us involved in pushing back the government and exposing them for what they are doing should be very public and they, the government, needs to know we are watching. Can we take on civil forfeiture next please? We need to tie that to Apple in some way to get that government abuse corrected as well.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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If it's not a strategic case of marketing apple as being so secure with data, why go on TV? Why not lay low and let it go through the courts.
I think the goal is to hit the FBI from both a legislative angle and a judicial angle.

The courts will deliver the judicial angle. By publicizing this, citizens will go to their representatives and ask that laws codifying what Apple says are created.
 

bradl

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No fault of David Muir, but what would make this even more interesting to watch would be if the interview were conducted by Peter Jennings (RIP). This will be worth watching, regardless.

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oneMadRssn

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Even if Apple wins this case, I think this ordeal will put a damper on their security and encryption emphasis.

Imagine being a project manager in charge of a new feature, where the feature could be made very secure and encrypted or not. Imagine trying to justify the decision to make it secure and encrypted to yourself and to your higher up knowing there is a reasonable chance it will bring another legal storm your way.

One of Apple's arguments in this case is that what the FBI wants will have a chilling effect on speech, and the innovation and technology surrounding speech. I say it already has.
 

Rogifan

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So I wonder how many meetings Cook had with Apple's legal team to prep for this interview...

Hmm...looks like one county in Arizona says they'll no longer purchase iPhones.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/24/11108138/apple-fbi-encryption-maricopa-county-iphone

Apple's legal fight with the FBI has made the company very unpopular with some law enforcement groups, and that's now beginning to translate to office budgets. In a memo sent to staff on Sunday, the Maricopa County attorney's office announced it would no longer purchase iPhones for its employees, in direct response to Apple's legal fight. The county attorney will also decline to upgrade or replace official iPhones that are currently in use. In a statement explaining the move, county attorney Bill Montgomery said the current legal fight "puts Apple on the side of the terrorists instead of on the side of public safety."
 
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No fault of David Muir, but what would make this even more interesting to watch would be if the interview were conducted by Peter Jennings (RIP). This will be worth watching, regardless.

BL.
Are you suggesting this because of Muir's abilities or the fact that ABC is owned by Disney and Disney's close ties with Apple?
 
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Any publicity is good publicity? Wonder what the shareholders and the board think about all this. I only have 7 shares in Apple so I don't really count!
 

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So I wonder how many meetings Cook had with Apple's legal team to prep for this interview...

Hmm...looks like one county in Arizona says they'll no longer purchase iPhones.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/24/11108138/apple-fbi-encryption-maricopa-county-iphone
So their only option is, what, Android?

Good luck keeping that safe and sound.


OT: I want to point out that people seem to forget that this isn't just an American issue. This is a world wide issue. Build a backdoor once in the States, and it goes all over the globe, affecting hundreds of millions of iOS users in every single corner of the god damn world.

So, Federal Bureau of Incompetence, consider that too for a change.
 
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The thing is that if the FBI wins and now the "Bad Guys" know phones can be decrypted, then they won't use them any more and guess who loses in all this?...US!
It's the "One Bad Apple" thing all over again!
 
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bradl

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Are you suggesting this because of Muir's abilities or the fact that ABC is owned by Disney and Disney's close ties with Apple?

Neither. Just miss Peter Jennings. He was one of the last of the old school journalists that believed that journalism required some level of integrity; this is not saying that Muir lacks integrity, but that the advent of the 24-hour news cycle has seen journalistic integrity fly out the window.

Dan Rather crashed/burned, Brokaw retired, Hugh Downs retired, and Carl Kassell retired, and Jennings is dead.

BL.
 
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