Rally in Mission Valley planned to support Apple in fight with FBI

SAN DIEGO – People are expected to rally outside the Apple store in Fashion Valley as part of a nationwide effort to support the company’s fight against the FBI.

The FBI wants Apple to disable a security feature on the smart phone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

Smart phone user Bill Lamb is one of many Americans joining a nationwide-rally.

They are supporting Apple’s refusal to help the FBI access the cell phone once owned by Syed Farook, who along with his wife killed 14 people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

“It’s really, really scary. So it’s a Pandora’s box. It cannot be opened,” said Bill Lamb, who plans to rally in San Diego.

Fight for the Future is the group behind the national effort and holding rallies in several cities including right here in San Diego.  Organizers say breaking the security feature on the iPhone puts many other users at risk.

Apple support“On my iPhone, I have all my financial information. I have all my medical information and I have medical information for other people in my family. I can’t allow this to end up in the hands of criminals,” he said.

Last week, a federal judge ordered apple to provide technical assistance requiring to unlock the phone, but Apple’s CEO Tim Cook pledges to fight the order.  He said in a company-wide e-mail “this case is about much more than a single phone.  At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people and setting a dangerous precedent,” said Cook.

Co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates says the debate between the FBI and Apple is a good discussion to have.

“I don’t think Apple’s going to defy — you know, maybe they will take it all the way to the Supreme Court to make sure the government really insists,” said Gates.

Prosecutors insist the FBI’s request will not compromise the data of other iPhone users.  Experts say it’s become a battle between digital security and national security.

“Most American’s that have been surveyed have been coming down on the side of the FBI. In other words, they are willing to give up a little bit of their digital security in pursuit of national security, which the FBI is pointing out is at stake,” said Dr. Wendy Patrick, lecturer, San Diego State University.

Apple has until Friday to respond to the court order.

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