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Fri Mar 4, 2016, 11:31 AM

U.N. Commissioner Warns Apple Not to Allow FBI to Access Private Data

Source: TIME Magazine

U.N. Commissioner Warns Apple Not to Allow FBI to Access Private Data

Maya Rhodan 10:29 AM ET

If the U.S. federal government is allowed access to private data, he says, it could open "Pandora's Box"

A United Nations official issued a warning to companies like Apple over the release of information saved on users private devices.

In a statement Friday, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said the ongoing case between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigations could have a dire impact across the globe. Apple is engaged in a tough legal battle over the phone of the gunman in the deadly San Bernardino shooting attack. A federal judge has ordered the tech giant to tap into the shooter’s personal data; Apple has argued doing so would set an bad precedent for user privacy.

Though al-Hussein said that the shooting was “an abominable crime and no one involved in aiding or abetting it should escape the law”, he argues this case is about more than that.
“This case is not about a company – and its supporters — seeking to protect criminals and terrorists, it is about where a key red line necessary to safeguard all of us from criminals and repression should be set,” he said in a statement.

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Read more: http://time.com/4247666/u-n-commissioner-warns-apple-not-to-allow-fbi-to-access-private-data/

Related: Apple-FBI case could have serious global ramifications for human rights: Zeid (United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner)

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