ALA: Don’t hack the Constitution, ALA stands with Apple | News and Press Center


Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association
(ALA)’s Adam Eisgrau, managing director of the Office of Government
Relations, issued the following statement on a federal magistrate’s
February 16 order that Apple develop new technology to assist the FBI to
defeat privacy protections built into the iPhone’s operating system:

The only thing that could make last
December’s attack in San Bernardino more horrible would be its use to
profoundly erode the Constitution’s protection of our fundamental
freedoms. Man­dated ‘back doors’ into encrypted systems cannot
successfully be labelled ‘Bad Guys Keep Out.’  The only way to protect
our data and, ultimately, our freedom is to fight any attempt by the
courts and Congress to hack the Constitution.  ALA stands with Apple.