Due to Apple’s refusal of cooperating with FBI agents to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone 5c, employees at Maricopa County Attorney’s Office will no longer be able to replace of upgrade their current work-supplied iPhone. The decision was brought up by the County Attorney Bill Montgomery, and was first made known to affected employees on February 21st. Montgomery’s decision is based on his morals of not supporting a company on which he believes is choosing to cooperate with terrorists instead of law enforcement fighting for public safety.
“Apple’s refusal to cooperate with a legitimate law enforcement investigation to unlock a phone used by terrorists puts Apple on the side of terrorists instead of on the side of public safety,” Montgomery said. “Positioning their refusal to cooperate as having anything to do with privacy interests is a corporate PR stunt and ignores the 4th Amendment protections afforded by our Constitution.”
Of the 564 smartphones deployed to employees, 366 are iPhones. The attorney further explained, “I don’t expect my action to affect Apple’s stock price. But I cannot in good conscience support doing business with an organization that chooses to thwart an active investigation into a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of fourteen fellow citizens. If Apple wants to be the official smartphone of terrorists and criminals, there will be a consequence.”