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Alexandra Slaid

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Domestic terrorism is bringing about continuous debates regarding modern technology created by Apple. The United States government will not stop pressuring Apple to produce the software needed to retrieve data from the phone of a San Bernardino terrorist until they get access to the valuable information that they seek.

A judge in California recently ordered Apple to help the FBI hack the cell phone of the San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook. Apple refused to do so, calling it an “overreach by the U.S. government.” The company says complying with the request would be a huge breach of privacy to essentially any Apple user.

According to Fox News, authorities obtained permission to retrieve data from the iPhone, but are currently unable to bypass the user’s passcode. It is well known to Apple users that after 10 failed attempts at inputting the passcode, all information on the device will be wiped out.

The United States government and FBI are asking Apple to construct a new version of software to install on Farook’s cell phone that would allow investigators to dodge key security features. The government made it clear that they only want to use this tool on the shooter’s phone. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, wrote a letter to the public saying that “in the wrong hands, this software-which does not exist today-would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.” In other words, the dangerous technique could be used more than once, on numerous devices.

Apple respects the FBI’s intentions, and added that they do not have any sympathy for terrorists. However, unlike the government and the FBI, Apple is keeping in mind the privacy rights of all their users, and how this new software could affect them.

Apple feels as though this software would set a precedent for the aforementioned issues. It is ultimately going to come down to keeping the privacy of American citizens as it relates to acquiring valuable information on terrorists.

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