Eddy Cue: Weaker iPhone security could give government more power to track immigration

Eddy Cue: Weaker iPhone security could give government more power to track immig

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Apple's top Latino executive Eddy Cue - the company's SVP of Internet software and services - told Spanish-language network Univision on Wednesday that the government would get more power to track immigration if Apple complies with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s demand for weaker security on iPhones.

Against the backdrop of Apple's decision to oppose the FBI's demand for creation of a new iOS version to circumvent the security mechanism of the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, Cue said that the FBI is essentially asking Apple to give it a "back door" to iPhone's data security measures.

During the course of the interview with Univision, Cue said that the FBI's demand underscores a disquieting matter for Latinos because the logical extension of the kind of power being sought by the government will apparently have an impact on Latinos with immigration issues.

Asserting that the iPhone encryption fight is not limited to only the San Bernardino case as the FBI claims, Cue said that if the court orders eventually force Apple to unlock encrypted user iPhones, the federal surveillance apparatus could go to any extent in the future.

Cue rhetorically asked Univision in Spanish: "When they can get us to create a new system to do new things, where will it stop?"

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