Maricopa County, Arizona Attorney's Office: Apple is ‘on the side of terrorists’

The Maricopa County, Arizona Attorney's Office has announced that it won’t allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements since the company is “on the side of terrorists.” 

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced the decision today, first communicated to applicable staff on Sunday, Feb. 21, citing Apple’s recent refusal to cooperate in unlocking an encrypted iPhone used by individuals involved in the recent San Bernardino shootings.

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“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.”

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office serves the fourth-most populous county in the U.S. with over 4 million residents within its jurisdiction. There are currently 564 smartphones deployed throughout the office, 366 of which are iPhones.