Apple CEO Tim Cook’s Business Decision to Fight the FBI/Court Order

Mr. Cook has clearly made a strategic decision to be one of the first and few tech companies to challenge a court order of this magnitude, and if anyone can do it, it would be Apple.

Now to be clear there is a very serious matter in this case, and it is a tricky rope for investigators and business to get it right.  A crime has been committed and the authorities have presumably presented credible evidence and there is a court order, however the order is essentially unlimited access to all Apple devices.  The business (Apple) has two choices, co-operate or deal with the consequences of not doing so, in Apple’s case there is little financial consequence to not co-operate.  The opposite case could be made that Apple recognizes that if the public finds out that they complied that their encryption is as good as useless, their analysts probably put a price tag on the customer backlash and likely predicted a huge drop in AAPL shares.  Aside from the business case, it looks like now that the issue of privacy has come knocking on his doorstep, he has no choice but to take a bold and very public stand.

This is not a typical court order but is in effect a blanket and mass surveillance project.  Apple is basically being asked to make an app and backdoor to bypass their encryption, or at least disable the 10-try mechanism so they can try traditional bruteforce password methods.  Tim Cook stated very clearly that the ramifications would go far beyond this one case and validated his concerns by mentioning there would be little control over oversight over such a mechanism if Apple complied, which could mean the backdoor could be abused without due cause, as has been the case in the past with other surveillance.

One wonders if Apple has pondered its next move because it is unlikely that Apple can indefinitely delay or win the fight in the end.  They are legally under US jurisdiction and must win their challenge or comply.  Failing that Apple’s only option would be to move overseas/off-shore and this would be a huge blow for the US economy, tech sector and other companies may follow suit, such as McAfee’s weighing in on the issue and offer to crack the iPhone.

My philosophy has always been the US is a great place to do business with huge potential, but I always advise people to understand that any traffic transiting the US and especially data stored there is subject to US laws and regulations.

It will be interesting to watch where this goes, I have a feeling that most are cheering for Apple and Tim Cook at the moment and it is really no wonder with what is at stake.

Chung Chuck of Ladner BC

I wasn’t aware until my last year of high school that my great grandfather, Chung Chuck, played a prominent role in the history of BC civil rights especially among the Chinese community.  Normally people would not associate a name like Areeb Yasir (formerly Jeffery Soo) with the Chinese ethnic group and many expect to meet someone of the Arab ethnic group so they are surprised when they meet me or, rather that they can’t see who they were expecting.

Chung Chuck (Chung Mor Ping)

Born: 1897 in China, Canton Province (now known as Guandong in Southern China).

Immigrated: 1909 to Ladner, Delta BC with his father (Chinese females were not permitted to enter Canada at that time).

Married: Mary (May Lee, 1907-1969) in 1940.

Sons: Napoleon and Winch

Daughters: Frances, Joyce and Vicki

Death: 1986/12/08

Chung Chuck and his father settled in Ladner where other Chinese migrants had moved to work in the farming and fishing industry.  Like most ethnic groups who immigrated to Canada, they paid the head tax and the rights of ethnic groups were virtually non-existent. Members of the Chinese ethnic group and others faced discriminatory policies from the government and persecution among other colonial settlers of the time.

In 1929 Chung Chuck bought a piece of land at the end of Westham Street(formerly the old China town, now known as 48th Avenue and converted it into a Potato Farm.

The timeline is not exactly clear but apparently in the late 1920’s local business and government officials created a scheme to put Chinese farmers out of business.  This meant that him and other farmers of the Chinese ethnic group were now bootlegging and breaking the law by farming and selling their produce.  The situation become so tense that caucasian hate groups formed a physical blockade on the Knight Street bridge to stop him from taking his product to market, and he faced numerous assaults.  The blockade was eventually broken and had him named as the “Delta Rifleman” when he rode shotgun across the bridge to bring his produce to the Vancouver markets.

Ultimately Chung Chuck and a fellow farmer named Mah Lai challenged the discriminatory laws against Chinese farmers in Supreme Court and won.

He built his first home at 4756 47A Street and this is where the famous building “Chung Chuck Potato Grower” was located.

Sometime in the mid 1940’s Chung Chuck built his family home by purchasing the “Maeda home” on Westham street and converted it into a family home and successful restaurant.

Eventually he built a riverfront Marina and Houseboat Moorage and provided services including water and electricity to less fortunate people.  This eventually lead to a  Police standoff with the City who threatened to cut off his water supply.  It is reported that he was charged for pointing a rifle at police and city officials but those charges were eventually dropped when it was revealed he was simply holding a piece of wood.

Chung Chuck is known for contributing to the civil rights movement in BC and standing his ground against oppression and other hate groups and was able to succeed to despite organized movements to stop the settling, free movement and basic human rights of Chinese migrants and other ethnic groups.

 

References:

http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=22269303-9a80-4d7d-b146-3dc5c0b9ea42&sponsor

http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/chronology1986.htm

http://www.narrativethreads.ca/explorer-explore/panier_demigres_chinois-chinese_settlement_basket.html

Chung Chuck

http://www.delta-optimist.com/news/cover-story-ladner-s-forgotten-chinatown-1.890596

http://www.mingpaocanada.com/van/htm/News/20140515/vasb.htm?m=0

http://www.delta-optimist.com/opinion/columnists/chung-chuck-was-a-colourful-character-in-area-s-early-days-1.459480

http://www.memorybc.ca/chung-chuck

About Areeb Soo Yasir and compevo communications

Areeb Soo Yasir is the CEO of compevo communications and founded the company in 2001.  compevo communications was originally named by Areeb Yasir, “computer evolution” started out by offering outstanding technical support services, locally in the Vancouver, BC area of Canada while attending BCIT.  Areeb Yasir quickly expanded compevo’s reach and offerings to nearly all things IT, with a focus around business IT solutions, web hosting (initially web hosting, then VPS, then Dedicated Servers), IT security, and IT consulting.

15 years later, compevo communications has survived the dot bomb era and financial crisis of 2008 and has been constantly growing thanks to our highly targeted and unique in-house services.  compevo has multiple facilities worldwide with a strong focus on North America and Asia.

compevo communications offers superior IT solutions and has excelled in bundling in house support, consulting and VPS, Dedicated Server hosting solutions.