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Who's on Whose Side in Apple vs. FBI?

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By now you've surely heard about the showdown between Apple and the FBI.  An Ipsos poll shows that 46% of Americans back Apple, 35% back the FBI and the rest aren't really sure what to think.  What do some more high-profile Americans think?


"The government is asking Apple to hack our own users and undermine decades of security advancements that protect our customers — including tens of millions of American citizens — from sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals."
     - Tim Cook, Apple CEO

"Amen. A standing ovation.  They did the exact right thing by not complying with the order.  They are exactly right that this is a very, very slippery slope. And while the FBI is attempting to be very clear that this is a one off request, there is no chance that it is."
     - Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks Owner and entrpreneur

"We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!"
     - Jack Dorsey, Square and Twitter CEO

"I have always admired Tim Cook for his stance on privacy and Apple's efforts to protect user data and couldn't agree more with everything said in their Customer Letter today. We must not allow this dangerous precedent to be set. Today our freedom and our liberty is at stake."
     - Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder

"We build secure products to keep your information safe and we give law enforcement access to data based on valid legal orders But that’s wholly different than requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices & data. Could be a troubling precedent"
     - Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

“The #FBI's insecurity mandate on #Apple will hurt ordinary citizens, not criminal masterminds,”
     - Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower

"We're sympathetic with Apple."
     - Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO


"I believe that Apple, anyone, nobody has a right to defy a legal search warrant."
     - Ted Cruz, Republican Senator and Presidential Candidate

"Apple should produce this information."
     - Diane Feinstein, Democratic Senator

"What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number."
     - Donald Trump, Businessman and Presidential Candidate

Not Sure 

"We don’t want privacy and encryption destroyed, and we want to catch and make sure there’s nobody else out there whose information is on the cell phone of that killer.”
     - Hillary Clinton, Presidential Candidate

"I do believe that with the right safegaurds there are cases where the government, on our behalf, like stopping terrorism which could get worse in the future, that that is valuable.  But striking that balance, clearly the government's taken information historically and used it in ways that we didn't expect."
     - Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO

"It will take a partnership between the technology industry and the government to confront and solve this.”
     - Marco Rubio Republican Senato and Presidential Candidate

"I think there is a middle ground that can be reached.”
     - Bernie Sanders, Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate