A Brief Explanation of Apple's Battle With the Fbi Over iPhone Security
The FBI captured the iPhone of dead San Bernardino terrorism suspect Syed Rizwan Farook back in December, but encryption technology prevents them from accessing its contents. Here's what you need to know. Full story: http://bit.ly/21eWxMB
- •A federal court has ordered Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone of a San Bernardino shooting suspect.
- •Apple says the case threatens to undermine the encryption that is built into our phones to protect personal data.
- •Apple has denied the request and issued a press release signed by CEO Tim Cook.
- •Tim Cook: "We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack.""For years, cryptologists and national security experts have been warning against weakening encryption."
- •Apple argues that the hacking software the FBI wants it to write would act as a "master key" that can unlock anyone's phone at any time.
- •The government is citing the All Writ's Act of 1789 in its argument.
- •Judges need to figure out how to apply this 227-year-old law to the era of smartphones.
- •This case is still in litigation, and may go to the Supreme Court.