25th February 2016

Apple vs. FBI: Start of major debate on technology, technology companies' role in society?

The U.S. Justice Department is demanding Apple’s help in unlocking at least nine iPhones nationwide in addition to the phone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, attackers. The disclosure appears to buttress the company’s concerns that the dispute could pose a threat to encryption safeguards that goes well beyond the single California case, NY times wrote.

Speaking with The Financial Times, Microsoft founder Bill Gates endorsed the United States government's position that a judge's order to help investigators would not set a harmful precedent. Read details

Speaking on stage in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't think requiring back doors would be "the right thing to do" nor would it be an effective way to get data from the iPhone of deceased San Bernardino shooter. Read more.

Click also on an article about an open letter of FBI director James Comey to Apple.

But as the article Apple vs. the FBI Is Really, Really Complicated published in the Harvard Business Review notes, this is not about finding a right side and a wrong side, or winners and losers, but rather, it is the commencement of one of the most important public debates around technology’s and technology companies’ roles in a society committed to protecting citizens from terrorism and other threats.





Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic