i2Coalition Remarks on Apple’s 2/16/16 Message to Customers
Yesterday, Apple issued a message to their customers that built a public case for their commitment to fighting for data security. i2Coalition released the following statement in response to the letter:
Executive Director, Christian Dawson: “The i2Coalition commends Apple for raising public awareness of the need for strong data security as it deals with the FBI court order referenced in their letter. i2Coalition is firm in its belief that governments should not mandate weakening security. The security of Internet connected devices is vitally important to the economy, and the millions of consumers who rely upon being able to keep their personal data, financial, medical and legal records, secure. Requiring workarounds that weaken encryption has the potential to have broad ramifications and the potential to jeopardize the security and safety of all users.
“Internet infrastructure companies work with law enforcement agencies every day to combat and deter crime. This industry remains committed to working with law enforcement to assist their efforts in response to legal due process, but cannot support a government mandate to weaken security standards.”
i2Coalition Board Member and Blacknight CEO, Michele Neylon: “Apple is a global leader in consumer electronics so I am excited and encouraged to see them take a firm stance against government overreach. Millions of Europeans rely on Apple’s devices every single day for both business and pleasure. We all need to be sure that when we encrypt our data it is safe and secure. Proving a ‘back door’ weakens encryption, which is the bedrock of e-commerce.”
i2Coalition Executive Director, Christian Dawson has been quoted in the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode and The Register: