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PHOTOS: Protesters at Apple Stores in 40+ Cities and Outside FBI HQ Push Back on Government’s Demand for Weakened iPhone Security

Posted 18:56 EST on February 23, 2016
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For Immediate Release: February 23, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org



Christina DiPasquale, 202-716-1953 (backup number)

Protesters Carry Giant 10-foot iPhone-Shaped Banners Reading “Don’t Break Our Phones”

View photos here: http://imgur.com/a/WIzWH

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters gathered at 5:30 pm local time at FBI headquarters in DC and at Apple stores in nearly 50 cities today, Tuesday, February 23rd. Today marks one week after the Justice Department won a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of hundreds of millions of people.

Photos submitted from protests can be seen here: http://imgur.com/a/WIzWH

“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “Encryption and security technology is what protects our hospitals, our airports, our water treatment facilities. If we allow the government to start forcing private companies to punch holes in these critical defenses, it’s not a question of if those backdoors will be exploited by those wishing to do harm, but when.”

Protesters opposed the DOJ’s demand, carrying giant 10-foot long iPhone banners, and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants also turned their phones, laptops, and tablets into glowing protest signs using ProtestSign.org.

The rallies were called for by Fight for the Future and are supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy organizations. Residents across the country immediately began to offer to host an event in their town and submitted the event to Fight for the Future, who provided banners and support with recruitment. Rallies were planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Boston. Outside the U.S., residents in London and Munich hosted rallies to express their concern about companies being forced to weaken encryption as a result of government pressure. This past Wednesday, San Francisco organizers hosted a rally with dozens of San Francisco residents that day on just a few hours notice.

Map with all submitted events by independent organizers: DontBreakOurPhones.org

“Apple’s stand will help keep security threats at bay” said David Segal executive director of Demand Progress.  “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.  Our devices will become more vulnerable and the sensitive data they hold will be more accessible to people who want it for malicious purposes.”

For interviews with Fight for the Future and Demand Progress staff members, please email press@fightforthefuture.org.

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Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online security and privacy.

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TODAY: Consumers Rally at 40+ Apple Stores to Protest DOJ Demand for Weakening iPhone Security Features

Posted 08:03 EST on February 23, 2016

Media Advisory For: February 23, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Christina DiPasquale, 202-716-1953 (backup number)

Protesters will Carry Giant 10-foot iPhone-Shaped Banners Reading “Don’t Break Our Phones.” In Washington, DC, Protesters will Gather at FBI Headquarters

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters will gather at 5:30 pm local time at Apple stores in nearly 50 cities today, Tuesday, February 23rd, exactly one week after the Justice Department won a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of millions of people.

See a map listing the rallies in nearly 50 cities here: DontBreakOurPhones.org

WHAT: Protesters will oppose the DOJ’s demand, carrying giant 10-foot long iPhone banners (see example), and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants will also be able to turn their phones, laptops, or tablets into a glowing protest sign using ProtestSign.org. The giant iPhone banners will be on hand in most of the larger cities, but not at every protest.

WHO: The rallies were called for by Fight for the Future and are supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy organizations.

The rallies are being organized in a grassroots manner by individuals who agree to host an event in their town. Fight for the Future then provides those members with banners and support with recruitment. More events are being added all the time, so check back on Tuesday if you don’t see one in your area yet.

WHERE: Rallies are already planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto at Apple’s headquarters, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Boston. Supporters outside the U.S. have planned rallies at Apple stores in London, and Munich. In Washington, DC, protesters will gather at the FBI’s headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover building.

WHEN: Tuesday, February, 23 at 5:30pm local time in each city.

“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding of Apple is going to make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “Encryption and security technology is what protects our hospitals, our airports, our water treatment facilities. If we allow the government to start forcing private companies to punch holes in these critical defenses, it’s not a question of if those backdoors will be exploited by those wishing to do harm, but when.”

“Apple’s stand today will help keep security threats at bay,” said David Segal executive director of Demand Progress.  “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.  Our devices will become more vulnerable and the sensitive data they hold will be more accessible to people who want it for malicious purposes.”

This past Wednesday, after Fight for the Future issued the call for rallies at Apple stores, there was so much interest that they decided to organize one in San Francisco that day on just a few hours notice. Dozens of people turned out to protest the FBI’s position. See photos here.

Fight for the Future and Demand Progress staff members are available for interviews and can connect journalists with the hosts of rallies in specific cities upon request.

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Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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TUESDAY:  Consumers Rally at 40+ Apple Stores to Protest  DOJ Demand for Weakening iPhone Security Features

Posted 08:21 EST on February 22, 2016

Media Advisory For: February 23, 2016

Contact:
Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org
Christina DiPisquali, 202-716-1953 (backup number)

Protesters will Carry Giant 10-foot iPhone-Shaped Banners Reading “Don’t Break Our Phones.” In Washington, DC, Protesters will Gather at FBI Headquarters

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters will gather at Apple stores in more than 40 cities this Tuesday, February 23rd, exactly one week after the Justice Department won a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of millions of people.

See a map listing the rallies in more than 40 cities here: DontBreakOurPhones.org

WHAT: Protesters will oppose the DOJ’s  demand carrying giant 10-foot long iPhone banners (see example), and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants will also be able to turn their phones, laptops, or tablets into a glowing protest sign using ProtestSign.org. The giant iPhone banners will be on hand in most of the larger cities, but not at every protest.

WHO: The rallies were called for by Fight for the Future and are supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and other advocacy organizations.

The rallies are being organized in a grassroots manner by individuals who agree to host an event in their town. Fight for the Future then provides those members with banners and support with recruitment. More events are being added all the time, so check back before Tuesday if you don’t see one in your area yet.

WHERE: Rallies are already planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto at Apple’s headquarters, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Boston. Supporters outside the U.S. have planned rallies at Apple stores in Hong Kong, London, and Munich. In Washington, DC, protesters will gather at the FBI’s headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover building.

WHEN: Tuesday, February, 23 at 5:30pm local time

“People are rallying at Apple stores because giving the government easier access to our data, also gives everyone else, including terrorists, thieves and stalkers, easier access to our data–making all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future. “The government’s unconstitutional attack on our digital security could put millions of people in danger, so it’s critically important that we support any fight to keep our most sensitive personal, medical, legal and financial information protected.”

“Apple’s stand today will help keep security threats at bay” said David Segal executive director of Demand Progress.  “But we will all be less safe if the FBI succeeds at its politically expedient, but shortsighted, approach.  Our devices will become more vulnerable and the sensitive data they hold will be more accessible to people who want it for malicious purposes.”

This past Wednesday, after Fight for the Future issued the call for rallies at Apple stores, there was so much interest that they decided to organize one in San Francisco that day on just a few hours notice. Dozens of people turned out to protest the FBI’s position. See photos here.

Fight for the Future and Demand Progress staff members are available for interviews ahead of the Tuesday rallies and can connect journalists with the hosts of rallies in specific cities upon request.

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Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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Rallies against FBI demand for iPhone backdoor planned at Apple stores in more than 30 cities this Tuesday

Posted 10:22 EST on February 20, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Rallies against FBI demand for iPhone backdoor planned at Apple stores in more than 30 cities this Tuesday

In Washington, DC protesters will gather at FBI Headquarters

Concerned iPhone users and digital security supporters will gather at Apple stores in more than 30 cities this coming Tuesday, February 23rd, exactly one week after a court order that attempts to force Apple to write software that would undermine the safety and security of millions of people.

See a map listing the rallies in more than 30 cities here: DontBreakOurPhones.org

Protesters will oppose the FBI’s demand carrying giant 10 foot long iPhone banners (see example), and iPhone shaped signs reading “FBI: Don’t Break Our Phones” and “Secure Phones Save Lives.” Participants will also be able to turn their phones, laptops, or tablets into a glowing protest sign using ProtestSign.org

The rallies are being organized in a grassroots manner by Fight for the Future members who agree to host an event in their town. Fight for the Future then provides those members with banners and support with recruitment. More events are being added all the time, so check back before Tuesday if you don’t see one in your area yet.

Rallies are already planned across the U.S. in small cities like Anchorage, Alaska, and major ones including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto at Apple’s headquarters, and Boston. Supporters outside the U.S. have planned rallies at Apple stores in Hong Kong and Munich.

In Washington, DC, protesters will gather at the FBI’s headquarters, the J. Edgar Hoover building.

This past Wednesday, after Fight for the Future issued the call for rallies at Apple stores, there was so much interest that they decided to organize one in San Francisco that day on just a few hours notice. Dozens of people turned out to protest the FBI’s position. See photos here.

“People are rallying at Apple stores because what the FBI is demanding here will make all of us less safe, not more safe,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “their unconstitutional attack on our digital security could put millions of people in danger, so we’re giving those people a way to get their voices heard.”

Fight for the Future senior staff are available for interviews in advance of the Tuesday events, and can connect journalists with Fight for the Future members who are hosting these events in various cities.

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Fight for the Future works to defend the Internet as a free and open platform for expression and creativity, and is best known for their role organizing the massive online protests against SOPA, the Internet Slowdown for net neutrality, and the Reset The Net campaign for online privacy, which was endorsed by Edward Snowden.

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PHOTOS: Dozens rally at Apple store in San Francisco to protest FBI demand for iPhone backdoor

Posted 20:57 EST on February 17, 2016
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –– Dozens of people, ranging from privacy advocates to casual iPhone users, rallied in front of Apple’s flagship store in San Fransisco this evening to protest the U.S. government’s unlawful attempt to force the company to help the FBI hack into an iPhone, which would set a dangerous precedent and threaten the safety and security of millions of iPhone users worldwide.

See photos from the rally below. The rapid-response action was organized by digital rights group Fight for the Future. It coalesced in a matter of hours primarily on social media, and also featured speakers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Fight for the Future is planning a large number of events nationwide this coming Tuesday, a week from the date of the court order, to continue highlighting the danger posed by government mandated backdoors or weakening of encryption and security features in our devices.

See a list of events planned on Tuesday, Feb 23rd here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645036165762086/ 

The photos below are available for use by press:

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Photos above via twitter: https://twitter.com/DocPop

Photos below courtesy of EFF, Creative Commons-BY.

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