APPLE’S REFUSAL TO comply with a court order to help the FBI crack an iPhone highlighted the pressure tech companies face to include backdoors in their software. This “new crypto war” pits public safety concerns against the argument that backdoors and robust security are mutually exclusive. A seemingly innocuous Windows feature designed to protect users underscores that point.
Apple is standing up for its right to lock down your iPhone.
IF A HANDFUL of lawmakers in the US and abroad have their way, encrypted communication would either be outlawed or come pre-fitted with government-friendly backdoors—insert your friendly government’s name here. There have been proposed bans in at least two states here, and now there’s a proposed federal ban on those state bans.
The Department of Justice is trying to get Apple to unlock a defendant’s iPhone. While Apple has stated that it can technically bypass the phone’s passcode security, it has so far refused to do so for various reasons.