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US Gov to Force Apple to Unlock iPhone

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Feb 19, 2016, 2:07 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 19, 2016, 2:20 PM

The U.S. government has filed motions looking for a court order that would force Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino shooter. Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a letter published earlier this week, said the idea of breaking into the iPhone for the government was "chilling" and "unprecedented" and could lead to a backdoor that would imperil millions. The company has refused to unlock the device. Apple has lukewarm support from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter. It's not clear how soon the court order may be issued, nor how quickly Apple will be compelled to act.

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Feb 19, 2016, 7:46 PM

Interesting Take

The phone in question is supposedly owned by the government. Issued to the shooters by the county they worked for at the time of incident. Does this mean Apple is unwilling to unlock the owner's phone?

However diced, I just don't buy this whole security breach jargon. Both could easily give and receive the info needed without compromising security. Top officials from both the government and Apple in a locked room with the phone(s). But even so, is this single phone going to stop the world's terrorism? Doubtful. In fact: If Apple wins, anyone can be immune to the law in regards to harboring concealed criminal activity. Terrorism or criminals could take extreme advantage of such seclusion. I'm not so sure freedom of speech should be exempt...
Sadly, this kind of thing is dramatically complicated.

If Apple willingly does it, it sets a precedent and makes them look bad. If the government forces them, it makes the government look bad. At the same time, when would it stop? If the government...

Feb 19, 2016, 6:57 PM


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