Learning from the case of FBI and Apple, various digital privacy firms (including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and AccessNow), have stepped up to support Apple. The firms have called President of United States to oppose the plan about implementing the backdoor policy on Apple’s iOS.
This coalition has made more than three thousand privacy concerned users join a stream of tweets directed to the President, in favor of the anti-backdoor campaign.
This massive tweet campaign has led the FBI to temporarily retrench the demand for the backdoor. However, the Government still needs to answer the petition filed by thousands of users globally.
More than four months have passed since the Save Crypto petition gained 100,000+ supporters. The number of supporters kept increasing as it sought an official response from White House.
With over a 100,000 signatures, the SaveCrypto petition now qualifies to recieve an official response from the White House. The SaveCrypto petition calls President Obama to protect and enforce encryption, without giving third parties any key to access encrypted data. Notable members supporting the SaveCrypto petition inculde Reddit, DuckDuckGo, Dropbox, Mozilla, TorProject, and Wickr.
This is the petition:
While the effort is clearly sincere and the petition has potential, there are chances that it might not have the necessary force to influence decision makers on the day of the hearing. Privacy advocates are hoping that the members of the justice system manage to relate to the cause that is driving the petition, and see it as more than just another petition that will be forgotten with time.
We can only hope that the government will realize, accept and acknowledge the perspective of the people – and put an end to this attack on our fundamental human right to privacy.