Dear President Obama,
Encryption is vital for the protection of human rights like free expression and privacy, and it safeguards the internet economy. Billions of people around the world rely on encrypted services and products to protect their safety.
However, the Department of Justice is attempting to compel Apple to build software to bypass the security features of iPhones that keeps the devices’ hard drives encrypted.
This request would pave the way for government to compel companies to build in any number of vulnerabilities, which weakens our digital security infrastructure and, ultimately, hurts users while doing nothing to stop or prevent criminal activity.
This request runs contrary to international law and policy and provides political cover for oppressive regimes to seek the same authority.
Encryption saves lives and protects billions. Please ask the Department of Justice to withdraw their request.