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Privacy vs security at heart of Apple phone court order

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:35

Law enforcement, Apple users and security experts react to the legal standoff between Apple and the U.S. government over its iPhone encryption technology. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A showdown over the iPhone. A court order demanding that Apple help the U.S. government unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is becoming a crucial test case of what the government can force technology companies to do to help security and intelligence investigations. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says its about access to evidence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY, CYRUS VANCE, SAYING: "Let me just be clear. It is very difficult to explain to a victim of crime, whether it is an assault, a sexual charge or financial charge, that we cannot get the evidence that may identify the individual who committed the crime because a cell phone company and designer has decided that they know ." Apple is saying not so fast, pledging to fight the court order, because it would set a dangerous precedent. Dan Guido, an expert in hacking operating systems is CEO of Trail of Bits (SOUNDBITE) (English) DAN GUIDO, CEO TRAIL OF BITS, SAYING: "Many people believe that it's a slippery slope because there is only an upfront cost for this one time. And after Apple has the technology to do it for one phone, it's very easy for them to resign this firmware and to do it on a second phone, a third phone or a ten thousandth phone and that concerns people." Both Google and Facebook are siding with Apple as the showdown continues.

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Privacy vs security at heart of Apple phone court order

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 01:35