Should Apple unlock the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone? Tell us what you think

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News organizations are suing the FBI to find out how much the government spent trying to hack into the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.
(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Legal experts say the battle between Apple and the feds is about more than simply helping investigate the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Its part of an epic fight over privacy and national security. The court battle would be a seminal moment in balancing “privacy and civil liberty against government data access.”

To recap: A U.S. judge in Riverside ordered Apple, at the FBI’s request, to help with the San Bernardino terror investigation by developing software to hack into an iPhone 5c used by shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, bypassing the 10-tries-and-youre-wiped trigger.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said obeying the order would set a dangerous precedent and could compromise the security of billions of customers.


While this debate between Silicon Valley and the federal government actually has been building for some time, this case is expected to become the defining test.

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