This week, the Department of Justice announced it is temporarily backing down from its attempt to force Apple to create a weakened version of its mobile operating system that would provide authorities with "back door" access to people's phones. But the fight is not over, and it ranks as one of the most important technology issues of the century so far.
Here's what the ACLU is doing:
- The ACLU has joined with other human rights groups and technology companies, including Airbnb, Amazon, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Snapchat, and Yahoo in submitting briefs to support Apple's fight to ensure strong digital security for all.
- Here in Massachusetts, we have spoken out against the government's heavy-handed move, and we are investigating similar local cases in which the government has tried to force technology companies to undermine the security of their own products.
- On Thursday, March 24, our executive director Carol Rose speaks at an MIT forum on data privacy convened by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
The law we establish now, in the early years of the digital 21st century, will impact us for generations. It's critical that we make our voices heard to ensure that any legislation Congress takes up on this important issue strengthens, rather than weakens, our digital security.