The FBI and Apple battle is intensifying


Apple and the FBI continue to debate unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s encrypted iPhone. Photo: Main: Reuters; inset: AP  

The FBI is currently in a heated discussion with Apple about unlocking one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, according to the Los Angeles Times.  Apple CEO, Tim Cook, and FBI Director James Comey are both involved in the situation.  However, both are in disagreement with one another.  The situation is not as simplistic as many Americans think it is.

Recently, Tim Cook wrote a letter to his Apple employees saying: “The case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation. At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties.”

On the other hand, James Comey said: “We simply want the chance, with a search warrant, to try to guess the terrorist’s passcode without the phone essentially self-destructing and without it taking a decade to guess correctly. That’s it,” Comey said. “We don’t want to break anyone’s encryption or set a master key loose on the land.”

One of the main issues is that, the FBI has a warrant to search Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c, but if the FBI fails to unlock the phone more than ten times, Apple’s encryption technology will erase the phone’s data.  The United States government also doesn’t have the right to tell a company what to do.  Other problems that can result from Apple devising a way to get into this phone is it could make people’s iPhone less secure from hackers.

However, the public is on the FBI’s side of the argument.  “Fifty-one percent of Americans say Apple should “unlock” the phone in question, according to findings from a Pew Research study published Monday.”



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