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Poll: public backs Apple

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:09

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found nearly half of Americans back Apple's move to fight the court order to unlock a smartphone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Fred Katayama reports.

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Apple has support in the battle pitting security against privacy. A plurality of Americans in a Reuters/Ipsos poll back its move to fight the Feds. A federal court had demanded that the iPhone maker unlock a smartphone used by San Bernardino shooter Rizwan Farook. Forty six percent of respondents said they agreed with Apple's position; 35 percent disagreed; one-fifth said they didn't know. More than half of respondents felt that the government would use the ability to unlock phones to "spy on iPhone users." That supports Apple CEO Tim Cook's claim that unlocking the shooter's phone would set a precedent that authorities would use to force the company to unlock more phones. Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said, "Americans actually trust Apple a bit more than the government on some issues." The government says it needs Apple to engineer a solution to get the data on the shooter's phone because there's no other way to access it. Apple argues that puts the security of customers at risk. Industry executives say whatever the outcome, the legal showdown will likely speed up tech companies' development of safeguards against government intrusion.

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Poll: public backs Apple

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:09