The FBI–Apple encryption dispute

The San Bernardino shooting took place in December of 2016. This incident left 22 people dead and 14 injured. The two suspects Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were violent extremists who were inspired by terrorists groups to carry out the act. Farook and Malik did not survive this ordeal. However, they left behind some electronic devices which could help FBI investigators to determine if other groups or organizations were backing the couple. They also wanted to know if there would be another attack within the US. CEO Tim Cook is the current head of the technology giant Apple. He has stated that he will fight against a judge's court order to build software that could compromise the security of iPhone devices.

Cook does not want to make software that could easily bypass the security features that have been into iPhone devices. He is afraid that this type of technology will fall into the wrong hands and that millions of people's personal identity or financial history could be compromised. Apple wants to cooperate with the government over this request but they do not want to take this type of action. In December of 2015 two extremists carried out a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 22 people and injured 14 others. The couple was killed by authorities. However, they left behind electronic devices which could help the FBI to determine if they had connections to a high level terrorists organization. The FBI also wanted to know if the couple had planned on carrying out more attacks.

The potential information that could be available on the phones might be extremely useful in the war on terror. The FBI found some iPhones that the couple had used to communicate with other people. However, the FBI could not break past the device's pass code. So they issued a court order requiring Apple to write new software that can be easily deciphered by federal agencies when necessary.

The FBI also wanted Apple to disable their pass code security technology. However, Apple does not want to allow the FBI to do this type of thing because of the implications behind what they are asking. The FBI wants Apple to give them the ability to unlock any person's iPhone at any given time. While this type of software if important for national security it could be extremely dangerous if the technology is used by the wrong people or organizations. Many technology giants who are rivals of Apple have banned together and come to the company's defense.

They realize that if the government can force Apple into creating this type of software that exposes their devices; it would only be a matter of time before they would have to deal with the same thing. This potentially could hurt the sales of smartphones and tablets across the board. Consumers would not have enough confidence in these devices to know that their security is safe. Criminals could get a hold of this technology and use it to wreak havoc on billions of people around the globe in terms of identity theft and fraud. Google, Microsoft and Facebook are just three of many major corporations that are banning together to file a legal brief.

This brief will be used to request that the judge over this case support Apple's decision not to follow through with the court order. The San Bernardino incident has opened up more than just another situation involving terrorists. It is also forcing technology giants to really take a look at how far their security measures can go without them interfering with government's and law enforcement's ability to protect the nation. 

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