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Apple VS The FBI

Last December there was a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California.  One of the shooters had an iPhone that was password protected.  As a service to its customers, Apple has an option to wipe the data from a phone after 10 bad attempts to unlock it.  The FBI was, apparently, unaware of this feature and wiped the phone.  The FBI then sued Apple to open up the phone and to create a backdoor into all iPhones that the government can access. The FBI cited the 227 year old “All Writs Act of 1789” which states that the courts may “issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law.”  The FBI reads this to mean that they can write their own backdoors into any software they deem appropriate.  An operating system back door is a loophole that allows anyone with the correct credentials to bypass whatever security features are on a device.  As an answer to that court order, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a Libertarian-goldmine of an open letter to the government that can be summed up succinctly as “hell no.”

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