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Polis Statement on FBI Demand to Decrypt Apple iPhone

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Washington, February 23, 2016 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) released the following statement today regarding the federal government’s order for Apple to develop new software allowing the FBI access into an encrypted iPhone.

“The federal government’s demand to force a private company to develop new decryption software for its own device in the name of national security will produce the exact opposite results,” said Polis. “Not only will this weaken the security of Americans, but who doesn’t believe that cybercriminals, and foreign spy agencies are salivating at the idea of a permanently weakened American cyber ecosystem? Relying on a 200 year old law, the “All Writs Act,” for 21st century policing, demonstrates the shallowness of the federal government’s argument.”

“This case has implications far beyond allowing the federal government to crack one iPhone. Creating any type of a backdoor will impact users and businesses, ultimately making our data less secure and more vulnerable. The courts should overturn this misguided decision and leave the debate over encryption to the proper venue in Congress.” 

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