RFHPC101: The Case of the Encrypted iPhone

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Apple’s fight against a court order to decrypt an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The government contends that a 1789 law called the All Writs Act compels Apple to honor a search warrant and assist the authorities in getting access to unlock and decrypt the iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook in the San Bernardino shooting in December. The government contends that phone might contain crucial evidence in the case.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday evening said the US government’s legal position on encryption backdoors was setting “a dangerous precedent.” If a back door is created to crack this particular phone, bad guys will be able to exploit it.
The Radio Free HPC is split as to what should happen next, but it seems likely that some kind of compromise will result. Is the government entitled to a back door to all devices? It would seem that no one wants such an important policy to be decided from a single case in California.
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