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