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New poll shows support for Apple is slipping in their fight for privacy

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The ongoing battle between The FBI and Apple is yielding mixed results. You’ve probably seen the news recently and learned that Apple was approached by the FBI to ask them to unlock the cellphone of a terrorism suspect, and Apple has dug in its heels. This kind of debate isn’t anything new in the United States. In the years following 9/11, debate has raged in regards to privacy, the government, and where the line in the sand must be drawn, if at all. From the PATRIOT Act to Edward Snowden’s massive information leak, it’s a hot topic, and for good reason.

According to Vox, in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 51% of those surveyed supported the FBI in their demands to unlock the iPhone of Syed Farook, the San Bernardino terrorism suspect. 38% opposed it, and the 11% left over said that they “don’t know.”

From Vox: “While no one is too worried about the privacy rights of a dead terrorism suspect, both Apple and civil liberties groups see this case as an opening blow in a much larger government effort to undermine the security of Apple customers’ smartphone data. Law enforcement and intelligence figures have been arguing for some time now that smartphone encryption is making it harder for them to do their job, while technology companies argue that complying with law enforcement requests will make it impossible for them to protect their customers.”

For Apple, these results are certainly troubling.

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