Tech Policy Podcast

#24: Apple v FBI: Unlocking the iPhone

February 17, 2016

Apple made headlines today by refusing to comply with a federal judge’s order to unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino attackers. In an open letter to customers, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the importance of strong data security and the dangerous precedent that would set by forcing the company to unlock the phone. Evan and Berin discuss the 1789 All Writs Act, which the FBI claims requires Apple to provide “reasonable technical assistance.” Should that include compromising the security of devices? Are we heading down a slippery slope? And how will the court fight play out?

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