whitehouseApple is currently embroiled in what can only be described as one of the biggest encryption debates in recent times, a battle in which if they lose, could set a troubling precedent for technology, security, and privacy in the future. It is no surprise that many tech companies have since come forward to offer their support.

In fact a petition has since been launched in which it is calling for the White House to get involved and to halt the court’s order. The petition reads, “Halt efforts that compel Apple and other device makers to create a “backdoor” for the Government to access citizens data.” Right now there are close to 4,000 signatures who have signed the petition.

The petition goes on to say, “The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of it’s customers. The FBI, is demanding that Apple build a “backdoor” to bypass digital locks protecting consumer information on Apple’s popular iPhones. We the undersigned, oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

The petition will require at least 100,000 signatures by the 18th of March if it wants to be noticed and addressed by the government. This means that there is about a month to go, so the question is will they be able to raise that many signatures by then? And more importantly, what will the White House’s response be? If you’d like to lend your name to the petition, head on over here.

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