Apple has to hold to their principles. Unless they REALLY don’t like you, then you’re screwed.
But what does it say about Apple when THESE are the principles they’re defending?
We all know Big Tech is in the tank for the political Left. Anything they can do to help advance a Leftist cause, Silicon Valley will be on it like white on rice.
They’ve not really been hiding that.
So it shouldn’t really surprise us that Apple is quick to throw Roger Stone under the bus.
Mueller has evidence from Roger Stone’s iCloud account
Following former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone’s arrest last week, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Thursday that it has obtained numerous electronic devices belonging to Stone, as well as access to his iCloud account. The evidence collected, per CNN, includes “multiple hard drives containing several terabytes of information consisting of, among other things, FBI case reports, search warrant applications and results (e.g., Apple iCloud accounts and email accounts).” Also included in the evidence are bank accounts and the hard drives of the devices themselves.
Another former Trump adviser, Paul Manafort also had evidence from his iCloud account lead to major legal trouble in connection with the Mueller investigation. Stone and Manafort were business partners for a time in the ’80s.
Source: Apple Insider
But how does this square with who they claim to be as a company?
Remember the pushback when they were asked to provide ‘backdoor’ access to criminals who’s privacy was no longer a concern? A dead Jihadi, for example, had his privacy protected. And they gave as their reason the ‘slippery slope’ answer.
From that article:
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate’s order to hack its users in connection with the investigation of the San Bernardino shootings, asserting that would undermine encryption by creating a backdoor that could potentially be used on other future devices.
Cook’s ferocious response, posted early Wednesday on the company’s website, came after an order from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym that Apple Inc. help the Obama administration break into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the December attack.
In the end, the FBI’s own hackers had to bust their way into the San Bernardino attacker’s phone without Apple’s help.
So, how exactly did we go from ‘Ferocious Response’ protecting the information of a dead jihadi who had murdered American Civilians to cheerfully handing over personal information of Roger Stone, a weird Right-wing eccentric and political activist?
This isn’t the only time this question came up.
As for ‘protecting our data’ big tech, Apple included, has not been doing a stellar job.
Principles, huh? This same company of ‘principle’ has aligned itself with an actual despotic authoritarian regime — China.
Exactly which principles undergird a company that jealously defends the privacy of murderous jihadis who died in the process of slaughtering civilians but throws open the most personal information of a political rival who has been charged, but not found guilty?
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