The 10 Most Shared Articles on Apple’s Ongoing FBI Feud

By Megan T. Brown on February 18, 2016

Hang on to your iPhone—Apple is embroiled in a fight against the FBI, which, according to the tech giant, wants to jeopardize its customers’ privacy. A California judge ordered the company to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters responsible for the killing of 14 people, an attack which is being investigated as an act of terrorism. CEO Tim Cook argues that an update to Apple’s firmware making it possible to retrieve information from the phone in question would open a back door for potential hackers to all iPhones. Here are the 10 most shared views on the order and Apple’s refusal to comply.


Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Gunman’s iPhone

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Many are saying a fight was inevitable, since encryption safeguards in Apple's and other tech leaders' devices have long been disputed.

Jeff Chiu/Associated Press via The New York Times


Apple opposes judge's order to hack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

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U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Eileen Decker says Apple's refusal to assist in obtaining access to the phone interferes with the "solemn commitment to the victims and their families ... [to] gather as much information and evidence as possible."

Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images via CNN


Google’s CEO just sided with Apple in the encryption debate

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai offers a crucial voice to the battle, as Google's Android operating system also safeguards personal data through encryption.

The Verge


Apple Opposes Judge's Order To Help FBI Unlock San Bernardino Shooter's Phone

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Tim Cook summarized the company's concerns for the implications of the court's order: "And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."

AP via NPR


Apple Unlocked iPhones for the Feds 70 Times Before

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Apple's prior willingness to assist the government in extracting data has left some questioning whether the company's stance is motivated by image more than principle.

Emil Lendof/The Daily Beast


Why the FBI's request to Apple will affect civil rights for a generation

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Is this case really about extracting evidence from a single device, or setting a precedent with far-reaching implications for customers in future cases? Here's why the order is different from previous instances.



Google CEO stands firm with Apple

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In addition to Pichai's support, Apple has found a friend in ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who applauds the company's defense of citizens' rights.

CNN Money


Apple CEO opposes court order to help FBI unlock iPhone

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Does the U.S. District Court's order that Apple must provide "reasonable technical assistance" mandate the company's development of wholly new firmware?

Reuters/Carlo Allegri/Files


Here's why the FBI forcing Apple to break into an iPhone is a big deal

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The court order is considered dangerous in that it raises the question of who can made such demands. Can other governments expect hacking assistance from U.S. companies if they are forced to comply with their own government?

USA Today


Apple's Noble Stand Against the FBI Is Also Great Business

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This stance is a perfect opportunity for Apple to position itself in contrast to competitors like Google, which relies heavily on user data mining to increase ad revenue.

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