Earth & Conservation

Apple's Dispute With the FBI, Explained

Why there's been so much attention surrounding the phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters

This week, a federal court ordered Apple to comply with an ongoing FBI investigation and help unlock an iPhone used by one of the attackers in a mass shooting last December. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to create a backdoor software program that would go around the software that currently protects and encrypts all iPhones sold. On one hand, government supporters say Apple has complied with similar requests in the past to unlock phones in criminal cases. However, many critics, including Apple's chief executive Tim Cook, say this would set a dangerous precedent if Apple were to write a such a backdoor software program. This video from Mashable offers a nice introduction to the issues of the story:

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