Fighting Apple was FBI’s biggest PR disaster in history

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Fight for the Future has played a vocal part in the Apple vs. FBI story since the very start.
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The FBI’s case against Apple may be over, but the repercussions involved in this battle sure aren’t.

Apple has already made clear its belief that this particular case should never have been brought, and now activist group Fight for the Future — which has played a vocal role in this ongoing story — claims that this will be recorded as the biggest PR disaster in FBI history.

Pro-Apple protesters plan to swarm courthouse outside FBI hearing

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Protesters in San Francisco line up with pro-privacy signs outside the downtown Apple Store in 2016.
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The FBI will be greeted by protestors when it faces off against Apple at the U.S. District Courthouse in Riverside, CA on March 22nd.

Fight for the Future — the same group that rallied at Apple Stores across the country last month — is organizing another protest against the FBI’s federal court order compelling Apple to weaken security in iOS so the government can hack the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone 5c.

Pro-Apple privacy protests are planned for 50 cities around the U.S. today

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Protests will take place at 5.30pm today.
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Grassroots protests against the government’s attempts to hack the iPhone are set to take place today in nearly 50 cities around the United States, beginning at 5.30pm local time.

“FBI Director [James] Comey has been repeatedly asking the White House and Congress for a backdoor to encrypted phones for the past year,” privacy advocates Fight for the Future representative Holmes Wilson tells Cult of Mac. “If he says he doesn’t want this kind of access going forward, he’s just lying, and you can see it in the public record.”

According to Wilson, this is why this story is such a big deal — and what Cult of Mac readers can do to get involved:

Crowd at San Francisco Apple Store protests FBI’s iPhone backdoor request

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Protestors show their support for Apple.
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A crowd of several dozen protesters gathered in front of Apple’s flagship retail store in Francisco last night to protest the U.S. government’s attempt to force Apple to aid the FBI in hacking into an iPhone.

Ranging from privacy advocates to casual iPhone owners, the crowd argued that such a move sets a dangerous precedent that threatens the safety and security of millions of iOS users around the world.