Tim Cook sent out an email to all Apple employees this morning, thanking them for their support and outlining the reasons why the FBI’s court order needs to be dropped.
“This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out,” Cook wrote. “At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.”
The email was sent shortly after the publishing of an open letter from FBI director James Comey, in which the FBI boss argued that he was not looking to set a precedent with the current court order — and simply wants to do what is best for American citizens.
In today’s message, Cook talks about making a stance for “all future generations.” He also describes Apple as a “uniquely American company,” and writes that, “It does not feel right to be on the opposite side of the government in a case centering on the freedoms and liberties that government is meant to protect.”
Cook includes a link to a new Apple webpage concerning Apple’s stance on encryption, and then signs off his letter by thanking employees who have worked on security features for protecting the public.
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