Apple: A Corporate Person Made up of People

business_ethics_highlights_2Remember back in 2011 when people made fun of Mitt Romney for saying “corporations are people“? (In context, it was clear that he wasn’t referring to corporate personhood, but rather to the fact that corporations are (in a practical sense) composed of people. The current Apple v FBI situation is a good example. You can’t compel Apple to unlock an iPhone without compelling its engineers to do certain work. >>>

LINK: Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist (By JOHN MARKOFF, KATIE BENNER and BRIAN X. CHEN for The New York Times)

If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock: Apple’s engineers.

Apple employees are already discussing what they will do if ordered to help law enforcement authorities. Some say they may balk at the work, while others may even quit their high-paying jobs rather than undermine the security of the software they have already created, according to more than a half-dozen current and former Apple employees….

What do you think?

See also: Corporations as “People” vs Corporations as “Persons”

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