Apple and Encryption

Michael E. Kirkpatrick ·

There is an extremely important discussion happening right now around Apple, privacy, “back-doors”, terrorism, hacking and encryption. If you’re not tuned in, there are countless folks chiming in from across the technology industry in support of Apple.

Summary of the Issue

From Bloomberg

A federal judge ordered Apple Inc. to help the U.S. Justice Department unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in December’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Federal investigators haven’t been able to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, who carried out a Dec. 2 shooting that killed 14 people at a holiday party, the government said in a filing in federal court in Riverside, California. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym on Tuesday ordered Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to the FBI to recover information from the phone…

Farook was using an iPhone 5c owned by the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health with an iOS 9 operating system. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, were killed in a gun battle with police after the attack on his co-workers. The Justice Department wants Apple to provide customized software that will prevent the data on the phone from being deleted after 10 attempts to input the passcode. The software also must enable agents to send electronic passcodes to the phone, rather than manually typing them in, according to the application. The software will allow agents to automatically enter multiple passcodes to get around the encryption standards.

Apple’s Statement

From Apple:

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.

This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake…

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