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Apple vs. the FBI: Everything You Should Know

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by Kameron Butler                                                                          photo courtesy of Elena Scott @ Fusion

There has been an apparent buzz regarding Apple’s latest obstacle, especially since it concerns an arguably more formidable opponent than Apple has faced in the past – the FBI. With privacy concerns landing themselves among major discussion in current political policy talks, Apple’s current tussle has gained a lot of attention, and for good reason.


“This moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.” – Tim Cook (CEO, Apple)


For those who are hearing of this for the first time, the breakdown is as follows:

The FBI has issued a court order for Apple to create a “backdoor” in its iOS to help investigators gain access to an iPhone related to the San Bernardino terrorist attack that occurred last December. Apple has publicly refused to comply with the order, in an effort to defend its customers privacy and security rights. To get you caught up on the issue, here is the public letter that Apple’s Tim Cook released to its customers regarding the matter: Apple Customer Letter.

Many respectable figures have weighed in on the issue. To hear Bill Gates’ opinion, check out this CNN article: CNN: Bill Gates on Apple FBI Encryption, and to hear Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the situation, read here: Zuckerberg on Apple vs FBI.

This issue has re-introduced the debate of digital security to the headlines, and many sources have attempted to gauge the public views regarding the debate. We invite you to read Forbes’ recap of these different polls, but be mindful that “not all polls are created equal” : What the Polls Are Saying. The results of this situation could play out in many ways, and all parties included may very well be affected in ways big and small. Once a final decision has been met, you can be sure that there will be plenty more to say.