The fight between the FBI and Apple ended rather peacefully once the FBI was able to get someone else to figure out how to unlock the iPhone previously owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters. The FBI dropped their court case against Apple which was attempting to force the company to come up with a way to unlock the phone under the All Writs Act, a practically ancient law from the 1700s that could force a company to assist the government if no other options are available. Apple refused to create a tool that would allow the FBI to break into the iPhone in question without erasing all of the data, saying that creating such a tool is just asking for problems. Now, some criticize Apple for touting the security of their phone, when really, it was able to be broken into. However, this fact is just making Apple even more determined to create devices that are truly impenetrable.
According to the New York Times, Apple wants to make an iPhone that is so secure even Apple themselves wouldn’t be able to break into it, which certainly would not make the government happy. Earlier this year The White House practically begged technology companies to consider putting in backdoors to their devices and technologies as a security feature for the government to use. However, most tech companies know that once you create a backdoor, there’s no way to ensure that only the “good” guys get in, and in some international situations, who the “good” guys are isn’t exactly clear.
There is an added benefit to this controversial case, which is that regular people now realize that their devices can keep their information secret, and have started to think of encryption and security issues as it relates to their own lives, something which they may not have been thinking of before the Apple vs. FBI case.
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