France Might Fine Ap­ple One Mil­lion Eu­ros for Re­fus­ing Re­quests to Un­lock iPhones

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The French gov­ern­ment is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of pass­ing a bill that would al­low them to force Ap­ple to pay as much as one mil­lion Eu­ros (ap­prox. RM4.56 mil­lion) in fines ev­ery time the com­pany re­fuses its re­quests to un­lock an iPhone.

The penalty, which is still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, was sub­mit­ted with the aim of fight­ing back against ter­ror­ism, as well as other crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties, such as or­ga­nized and fi­nan­cial crimes.

As you can guess, this amend­ment was sub­mit­ted just af­ter Ap­ple's vic­tory in its cur­rent le­gal wran­gle with the FBI in the U.S., where the re­sid­ing judge at the time had ruled that the com­pany can­not be forced to un­lock iPhones un­der the All Writs Act, a law that had been signed into place by the coun­try's found­ing fa­ther, Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton.

For many, the act of the FBI seek­ing Ap­ple's help to break into their own phone's se­cu­rity is seen more as an ex­ten­sion of cour­tesy to the fruit com­pany than any­thing else, with many peo­ple (Ed­ward Snow­den in­cluded) hav­ing stated that if the FBI wanted to, they could just as eas­ily crack the mo­bile de­vice's se­cu­rity.

France was put in a pretty bad spot­light last year. The coun­try had both wit­nessed and ex­pe­ri­enced two at­tacks from ex­trem­ist at­tacks on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, the lat­est in­ci­dent hav­ing took place in Novem­ber last year, and end­ing in a bloody mas­sacre of more than a hun­dred civil­ians.

France is con­tem­plat­ing on fin­ing Ap­ple for its re­fusal to hack its own iPhone. (Im­age source: The Verge.)

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