On Tuesday, Judge Sheri Pym of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino terrorists. Apple, however, refused and is fighting the order:
Apple says helping the FBI would be like providing a universal key that permits law enforcement to break into anyone's iPhone.
— NPR (@NPR) February 17, 2016
It’s actually not as black and white as it sounds. Apple is accusing the FBI of overreach and says what they’ve been asked to do will create a “backdoor” of sorts that can be used to hack any iPhone in the future. Tim Cook posted this open letter on Apple’s website:
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) February 17, 2016
— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) February 17, 2016
— Tom Giovanetti (@tgiovanetti) February 17, 2016
Donald Trump was asked about the case on “Fox & Friends” this morning and slammed Cook for his stance:
— ABC News (@ABC) February 17, 2016
FWIW, Justice Scalia’s voice on this subject will be missed:
If nothing else, I hope Scalia's replacement is at least as pro-privacy as he was. Or more, preferably more.
— Jen Savage (@savagejen) February 16, 2016
For all you lefties hatin' on Scalia, he was a staunch defender of our rights against this sort of Apple backdoor thingy.
— Rob Graham ❄️ (@ErrataRob) February 17, 2016
Apple has 5 days to respond to the order:
— Will Tran (@KRON4WTran) February 17, 2016