In September, Apple announced that it would adopt new encryption
technologies for its iPhone 6 that would use a code unique to the
owner, to which the company would not have access and therefore
could not provide the code to law enforcement even if served with a
warrant. Google followed suit shortly afterward, announcing a
similar policy for its Android phones. The FBI immediately
expressed concern and called on Congress to pass legislation
requiring manufacturers to provide law enforcement with access to
their devices under a court order.
Fifty-six percent of those recently polled by Kantar's Benenson
Strategy Group said companies like Apple and Google are doing the
right thing, agreeing that law enforcement has access to more
personal data than ever before, and people have a right to privacy
that shouldn't be defeated by a back door that the company or law
enforcement can break into without a citizen's knowledge.
- 56% agree with Apple and Google moves to instill more personal privacy
- 44% agree that Apple and Google moves hinder homeland security
Forty-four percent said companies like Apple and Google are in
the wrong, agreeing that the new technology takes away tools that
police and law enforcement use to stop terrorism, catch pedophiles,
and solve homicide cases; and that even if well-intentioned, these
policies will result in justice being denied to real victims.
Support for the position of technology companies included 61% of
Democrats, 55% of independents and 60% of voters under age 40.
Republicans were evenly split between the two arguments. There
was also a large gap between men and women, with men supporting the
technology companies' side of the argument by a 60%-40% margin and
women more evenly divided at 52% to 48%.
Technology companies are among the most trusted industries we
tested in the poll, ranking second after scientists, with 79% of
voters saying tech companies were "very" or "somewhat" trustworthy
compared to 21% who said they were not trustworthy.