The United Nations Special Rapporteur for freedom and expression, David Kaye will back Apple in the controversial Apple vs FBI court case.
In a blog post he published and shared on Twitter, David Kaye expressed worry about serious security risks if Apple was to comply with the FBI’s order, since, as he says, “secure communications are fundamental to the exercise of freedom, of opinion and expression in the digital age.” If Apple makes this exception with the FBI, it probably will have to do so with other governments in the world. Mr. Kaye, who is in charge of promoting and protecting the rights of freedom and expression, strongly opposes this.
The US Court will almost surely decide this case based solely on American laws. However, David Kaye argues that since this decision will affect the rest of the world that rely on these devices, we should translate the case according to the legal framework that resonates globally: International Human Rights laws, more precisely the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Kaye deducted that this court case actually is about decryption. He even sent the judge a report on encryption which he had presented to the Human Rights Council last spring. In this report, Kaye, among other things, states that encryption is the basis for preserving the rights of freedom, opinion and expression in today’s age.
This report also stated that law enforcement forces today have a myriad of other tools to decrypt certain devices. Moreover, the San Bernandino police chief said that there was a good chance that nothing of importance to the case would be on that phone, which, as Kay says, doesn’t make the decryption seem valuable enough for the price of breaching the human rights of people all over the world.
Do you think that the involvement of one of the UN official will turn some tides in the case?
How will it affect where Apple stands right now?