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AG Bill Barr Slams Apple for Helping China, Hurting Democracies​

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Attorney General William Barr (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2020 04:56 PM

Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticized Apple, saying it aids China and Russia in data encryption while thwarting the United States and other democracies in its efforts to pursue criminals and terrorists.

Barr's sharp criticism came during a press conference announcing the FBI had successfully bypassed Apple security features in at least one of the Pensacola airbase gunman's iPhones and thus been able to link him to al-Qaida.

"Many of the technology companies that advocate most loudly for warrant-proof encryption in the name of privacy rights are, at the same time, willing to accommodate authoritarian regimes when it serves their business interests," Barr said, noting "it has been widely reported that Apple has worked with both the Communist Party of China and the Russian regime to relocate data centers to enable bulk surveillance by those governments."

Apple, he added, has reportedly disabled features and applications on iPhones used by pro-democracy advocates, "thereby facilitating censorship and oppression."

"If technology companies like Apple are willing to oblige the demands of authoritarian regimes, they certainly have no excuse for failing to cooperate with rule-of-law nations that respect civil liberties and privacy rights, and have judicial safeguards," he said.

Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a Saudi Air Force cadet training with the American military, killed three U.S. sailors last year in the attack at Pensacola Naval Air Station. He paused during the attack to shoot one of the phones, leading investigators to believe there was incriminating information on it.

Apple refused to give law enforcement access to the phones in January. Some privacy advocates have sided with Apple, while others have said some justifications should be allowed for law enforcement to be allowed access.

Either way, Barr said the case shows the need for a legislative solution.

"The truth is that we needed luck, in addition to ingenuity, to get into the phones this time," he said. "There is no guarantee that we will be successful again or that a delay of four months (or longer) will not have significant consequences for the safety of Americans."

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Saying it aids China and Russia in data encryption while thwarting the United States and other democracies in its efforts to pursue criminals and terrorists, Attorney General William Barr on Monday criticized Apple.
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