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house Bill H.R. 4663

Should the Feds Stop Buying Apple Products Until the Company Cooperates With the FBI?

Argument in favor

The government may have to wait for the judicial process to bring about a legal solution to its dispute with Apple, but it can and should stop purchasing Apple products until the company lets investigators access encrypted information sought by a warrant.

Tate's Opinion
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03/08/2016
The govt should be able to extract data from the phone in question. As a matter of national security Apple should be required to develop such technology so that, in the event of such a crisis, we have the capabilities to apprehend information that couldn't otherwise be obtained with Apple's current encryption rights and technology. This has the potential to save lives, and if Apple isn't willing to develop or divulge information about encryption, they themselves are a threat to National Security. It is not only the governments right but it is their obligation to ensure the lives of their people to their utmost capabilities. Apple's current policy interferes with the US's capabilities of protecting their citizens.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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03/08/2016
Yes, Apple is withholding crucial information our national security depends on.
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Jake's Opinion
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03/10/2016
All this act does is prevent taxpayer dollars getting spent giving subsidies to Apple. Apple is refusing a federal court order to open a terrorist's phone to determine if their is information relevant to national security on the phone, which the FBI director deems very likely. As Apple interfering with issues involving national security and putting American lives at stake, I think it is perfectly reasonable for the federal government to take away subsidies given to Apple. After all, it's not like the government is taking away YOUR right to by an iPhone.
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Argument opposed

Apple is a world leader in the tech industry for a reason, and it would be foolish for the federal government to stop purchasing its products to try and force Apple to cooperate. Besides, it’s unclear how the ban on buying Apple products would be enforced.

joey.marshallm's Opinion
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03/08/2016
Absolutely not, why should we? They have every right to question the legality of the warrant, and I for one feel like the ancient tech laws need to be brought up to speed. The proposed solution is to refuse to buy from them until they comply, how about open dialog with the tech industry and American people.
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Garriga's Opinion
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03/08/2016
Government agencies circumventing security to obtain info is a violation of privacy
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William's Opinion
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03/08/2016
If it's tough to get into apple products I think it makes sense to still invest in their products, especially if it's easy to get into devices made by other brands. No need to be petty, it could result in a national security breech lol.
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Title

No Taxpayer Support for Apple Act

Official Title

To forbid Federal agencies from buying Apple products until Apple provides the Federal Government with technical support necessary to access encrypted information sought by a warrant that may be materially relevant to the commission of terrorism.

Summary

No Taxpayer Support for Apple Act This bill prohibits any federal agency or other entity of the federal government from purchasing any product manufactured by, licensed by, or otherwise sold under the trademark of Apple, Inc., until a federal court certifies that Apple has provided the federal government with technical support necessary to access encrypted information sought by a judicial warrant that may be materially relevant to the investigation of terrorist acts.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2016
    The govt should be able to extract data from the phone in question. As a matter of national security Apple should be required to develop such technology so that, in the event of such a crisis, we have the capabilities to apprehend information that couldn't otherwise be obtained with Apple's current encryption rights and technology. This has the potential to save lives, and if Apple isn't willing to develop or divulge information about encryption, they themselves are a threat to National Security. It is not only the governments right but it is their obligation to ensure the lives of their people to their utmost capabilities. Apple's current policy interferes with the US's capabilities of protecting their citizens.
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    Absolutely not, why should we? They have every right to question the legality of the warrant, and I for one feel like the ancient tech laws need to be brought up to speed. The proposed solution is to refuse to buy from them until they comply, how about open dialog with the tech industry and American people.
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    Government agencies circumventing security to obtain info is a violation of privacy
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    If it's tough to get into apple products I think it makes sense to still invest in their products, especially if it's easy to get into devices made by other brands. No need to be petty, it could result in a national security breech lol.
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    This bill is childish; it is the equivalent of saying "I am going to hold my breath until I get my way."
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    This is rather stupid for the government to fully enforce not buying a companies products/resources because of a dispute in terms of a controversy between security and privacy. This will make other companies afraid to protect themselves from possible disputes and makes the federal government more powerful.
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    That would be about as smart as cutting your nose off to spite your face! IMHO, Apple deserves its reputation for providing consumers with an exceptionally high degree of security for their computers and other devices. The federal government would be stupid to deprive themselves of that edge just to try to coerce Apple into betraying their customers! How could we ever trust Apple again, if they were to give in to such blackmail tactics?!
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    No, because what the FBI is asking is unconstitutional. The FBI should have consulted Apple in the first place to avoid missing their opportunity for recovering data without exposing every apple user in the world in he process. The FBI bungled this, not Apple.
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    While I believe that Apple should be cooperating with the Federal government in the name of National Security, I do not believe that the Federal Government should be able to declare something a threat and automatically get whatever information they want. This was allowed immediately following 9/11 and as such the privacy of Americans was greatly reduced. In addition, this is the most childish way of getting what they want.
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    Yes, Apple is withholding crucial information our national security depends on.
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    The government wants a master key to unlock all phones rather than just specific ones with a warrant. That violates our rights and is an unnecessary overreach of government power.
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    They are keeping the data safe like it should be.
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    All this act does is prevent taxpayer dollars getting spent giving subsidies to Apple. Apple is refusing a federal court order to open a terrorist's phone to determine if their is information relevant to national security on the phone, which the FBI director deems very likely. As Apple interfering with issues involving national security and putting American lives at stake, I think it is perfectly reasonable for the federal government to take away subsidies given to Apple. After all, it's not like the government is taking away YOUR right to by an iPhone.
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    Really this is getting out of control, making apple built an entire OS just for a single case is just outrageous.
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    The government shouldn't penalize the private sector for upholding consumer privacy rights.
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    Government by coercion, what cold go wrong with that?
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    Apple is protecting the rights of American people.
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    This is petty, silly, all for show. Passing this bill would not stop gov employees from buying Apple products themselves and setting up email accounts or whatever they'd like to do personally. (Hillary's infamous iPhone/email scandal comes to mind) Of course, there's nothing wrong with the federal gov. As an organization to boycott apple as a way of protesting. But I feel the federal government should not be so petty and childish as to throw a tantrum when a company doesn't roll over and play dead on command.
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    NO! Tech companies spend YEARS & MILLIONS OF DOLLARS on security to ensure the privacy of people. U shouldn't be forced to jeopardize your entire company, not to mention the millions of people's just because the government ask u to all for "one phone." Have you ever heard of THE FOURTH AMENDMENT Government? "The right to be left alone." I'm all for eradicating terrorism against America but we also have to look out for "We the People."
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    The federal government is not an early adopter of technology -- in fact, they're always several generations behind (unless it is military). Why would federal agencies want to voluntarily hamstring themselves by restricting the technology they can access & use?
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