During a rally in South Carolina today presidential frontrunner Donald Trump called for a boycott of Apple products over the company’s refusal to unencrypt iPhones used by the alleged San Bernardino shooters.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 19, 2016
“First of all, Apple ought to give the security for that phone,” Trump told a crowd of supporters. “What I think you ought to do is boycott Apple until such time as they give that security number… who do they think they are?”
“How do you like that?” he added. “I just thought of that.”
Question: how many people at the rally had iPhones in their pockets?
Trump has also criticized Apple’s manufacturing products in China.
“We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries,” he said in January.
He didn’t say if he will call for a boycott over that as well or, if elected president, issue some sort of mandate or decree Obama-style.
The Donald did not address the fact allowing the government to bypass encryption is a terrible idea.
“Critics argued such backdoors are inherently insecure. Trapdoor keys would be an irresistible target for corrupt insiders or third-party hackers, and would thus make Americans more vulnerable to criminals, foreign intelligence services, corrupt government officials, and other threats,” Kevin Poulsen wrote back in October, 2014 when the FBI first began carping about encryption.
Law enforcement may hate the idea of phones that cannot be unencrypted, but the NSA hates it even more.
It stymies their effort to collect all your data and put the finishing touches on a high-tech panopticon police state.