Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The real reason half of America supports the FBI over Apple - The Washington Post

Final paragraphs from an assessment of Apple/FBI Pew Research poll results (see More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone for details); also see Solid support for Apple in iPhone encryption fight: poll (Reuters); on a related note, see Apple Is Facing U.S. Demand to Unlock 9 More iPhones (NYT)
"Greater familiarity with technology, and what it can and can't be used for, can lend a different perspective on a range of issues. On this one in particular, even basic exposure to smartphones can be enough to sway some Americans into viewing the FBI's position more skeptically. By a 41-33 margin, smartphone owners were far more likely to support Apple's position than non-smartphone owners in the Pew study this week.

It took seven months for public opinion to shift on the NSA. Apple may be hoping for a similar outcome on this issue, but the pace at which this saga is playing out suggests the company may not have that kind of time."
The real reason half of America supports the FBI over Apple - The Washington Post
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