FBI vs. Apple: Citizens Don’t Agree on Which Side To Support

As the ongoing privacy dispute between the federal government and Apple continues, one thing is becoming clear: a consensus of opinion on the matter from competing tech companies -- not to mention the general public -- just isn't in the cards.

An Ipsos poll this week found that just under half of Americans (46 percent) support Apple?EU?s opposition to the court order demanding that the tech giant create software to bypass the security of its iPhone for the FBI. Thirty-five percent disagreed with the company's decision to fight the demands, and 20 percent didn?EU?t have an opinion.

Within those results, more than half of the respondents agreed that if Apple complied with the government?EU?s request, the data given up would eventually be used to spy on iPhone users. Also, almost three-quarters of the respondents said they wouldn?EU?t be willing to give up e-mail, texting or phone privacy to fight domestic or international terrorism. The results came from an online poll conducted of about 1,600 people that was commissioned by Reuters.

Who?EU?s Behind Apple?

Apple has resisted cooperating with federal authorities?EU? request to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino shootings late last year.

On December 2, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot at people gathered at a holiday gathering for the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. The couple killed 14 people and seriously wounded 20 others. Later that day, Farook and his wife were killed in a shootout with police. Since the attack, authorities have been going through their belongings, including their smartphones, trying to determine their motives and whether they were part of a larger terrorist plot.

Younger Americans are more likely to stand behind Apple in this fight, according to the Ipsos poll. Sixty-four percent of people between 18 and 39 years...

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