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Donald Trump on Apple encryption battle: ‘Who do they think they are?’ – The Verge

February 17
17:05 2016

Trump throws a tantrum over Apple’s refusal to unlock San Bernardino shooter’s cellphone

The FBI is engaged in a heated battle with Apple, demanding the tech giant unlock the cellphone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. So far, Apple CEO Tim Cook has refused, and he even published an open letter yesterday that called the government’s demands to create an OS that circumvents essential security features “chilling.”

Cook’s letter got the G-Men an unexpected ally in this fight: Donald Trump. “To think that Apple won’t allow us to get into her cellphone? Who do they think they are?” he raged during an interview on Fox and Friends. This isn’t the first time Trump has attempted to boss around a tech company. In November 2015, he announced that Americans need to “take back the internet” from terrorists. In December 2015, he elaborated on that, calling on Bill Gates to “close up” the internet. Last month, he announced he’s “gonna get Apple to start building their darn computers and things in this country.”

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