Read Apple’s unprecedented letter to customers about security

Apple has spoken a lot over the past year about how much it values the security of its customers’ data, but it wasn’t until early this morning that Apple really took a stand for it. Hours after a court order came down mandating that Apple assist law enforcement in breaking into a locked iPhone, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a long note on his company’s website saying that Apple would oppose the order, which it viewed as “an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers.”

The order asks Apple to code custom software for the iPhone that would allow law enforcement to quickly enter password after password, allowing it to break into the phone. Cook takes a firm stance against doing this, saying that afterward there would…

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