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Apple Stands Up to FBI

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A US magistrate has ordered Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone owned by a recent mass shooter, but Apple is defying the order.

On December 2, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, shot and killed 14 people, injuring 22, at a San Bernardino County Department of Public Health training event and holiday party.  The two were subsequently killed in a shootout with police.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants access to Farook's iPhone to further their investigation, but Apple's encryption isn't allowing them to get through.  Apple released the following statement in response:

"Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

"We are challenging the FBI's demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country. We believe it would be in the best interest of everyone to step back and consider the implications.

"While we believe the FBI's intentions are good, it would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."

Privacy proponents say that if Apple were to build a tool that could decrypt the phone, it could be used on other phones, and if it could be used by the FBI it could fall into other hands and be used by hackers or foreign governments.