Apple Won’t Give Law Enforcement Keys To The iPhone

The government wants Apple to give it a backdoor into the iPhone.The company argues that in addition to aiding law enforcement, such an opening would allow hackers to breach user privacy.

By Shelly BrisbinJanuary 23, 2020 12:31 pm, ,

Last week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr called on Apple to help the FBI unlock two iPhones belonging to the Saudi military officer who killed three sailors and wounded eight others at Pensacola Naval Air Station in December. It’s the latest dust-up between Apple and law enforcement over access to iPhones linked to people accused of crimes.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says Apple argues that giving the government a backdoor into the iPhone would also make that path available to hackers. But, he says, the company does hand over customers’ cloud data when it is subpoenaed by law enforcement. That includes iCloud backups from the Pensacola shooter’s account.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How Apple’s privacy business model prioritizes device security, while allowing law enforcement access to data

– What other ways the government can access locked iPhones

– Why some are skeptical about possible iCloud encryption plans