Mandy Pifer, whose boyfriend was one of the victims who perished in the San Bernardino terror attacks, has a message for Apple CEO Tim Cook—who is currently trying to fend off an order to hack one of the perpetrators' iPhone.
"I am angry. [While] I understand there are shareholders and that he is the CEO of a very large company, you can't put a price on a person's life," Pifer told CNBC's "Fast Money" this week.
She lost her boyfriend Shannon Johnson in the mass shooting, and believes that Apple can and should be doing more to provide closure to those directly impacted by the tragedy. Currently, the tech giant is pushing back hard against a court order to unlock the shooter's iPhone, in a case that has touched off a furious debate about privacy and data security. Many observers say the battle could eventually land in the Supreme Court.
For its part, Apple claims that the government's attempt to force the iPhone maker to hack the phone would constitute a severe breach of privacy. It's an argument that frustrated Pifer, whose boyfriend died shielding a fellow co-worker at the Inland Regional Center on December 2nd, 2015.
"He gave his life to protect those he cared about," Pifer explained in an off-camera interview with CNBC. "I'd ask Tim Cook if his response would be different if it was somebody whom he loved that was killed," she said. "—Now, if opening one phone can help provide answers, then yes I want that phone opened."
Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.