Those that have followed the news over the last couple weeks are familiar with the the fight – currently on hiatus – between the FBI and Apple Computer. 1 For those that haven’t, here’s a brief summary of the events:
- The FBI discovers an iPhone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino attack in December of 2015.
- The FBI asked for Apple’s help unlocking this iPhone by writing software that would allow them to bypass the encryption on it.
- Apple said no.
- The FBI said never mind, that they had been able to unlock it by using some sort of solution from a yet unnamed third party.
That’s where we are now.
- Like quite a few fights lately, it has to do with the relationship between liberty and security: I believe that Ben Franklin has a quote about that. ↩