The implication of what the federal government is demanding that Apple do regarding the smart phone of the San Bernardino terrorist is not being fully understood or properly framed.
The government isn’t demanding relevant information or material that Apple possesses. Such demands, backed by court orders if necessary, are ordinary and appropriate in criminal investigations. Apple has already provided the government what it has that fits the usual kind of document demands, including information the terrorist had stored in Apple’s cloud service.
However, the terrorist quit backing up his phone on the cloud several weeks before the attack. The FBI can’t figure out how to bypass the security features on the phone. Apple currently has no way of doing it either.
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