Many readers have asked for a primer summarizing the privacy and security issues at stake in the dispute between Apple and the U.S. Justice Department, which last week convinced a judge in California to oder Apple to unlock an iPhone used by one of assailants in the recent San Bernardino massacres. I don’t have much original reporting to contribute on the important debate, but I’m visiting it here because it’s a complex topic that deserves the broadest possible public scrutiny.
A federal magistrate in California approved an order granting the FBI permission to access to the data on the iPhone 5c belonging to the late terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, one of two individuals responsible for a mass shooting in San Bernadino on Dec. 2, 2015 in which four people were killed and 22 others were injured.
Apple CEO Tim Cook released a letter to customers last week saying the company will appeal the order, citing customer privacy and security concerns.
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