“Apple must help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the killers in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, a federal judge ordered Tuesday,” Kevin Johnson and Jessica Guynn report for USA Today. “Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, shot and killed 14 people in December. The couple later died in a gun battle with police. The iPhone was recovered from their vehicle in the aftermath of the attack. Apple CEO Tim Cook said late Tuesday that the company would oppose the ruling.”

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation is considering filing an amicus brief in support of Apple and expects other digital rights groups to do the same, said Kurt Opsahl, general counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation,” Johnson and Guynn report. “‘If the U.S. government can force Apple to do this, why can’t the Chinese or Russian governments? Other countries will ask for this same power. Do we want to have this be universal?’ Opsahl said.”

“The risk? If Apple creates a program to break into this iPhone, it will essentially be a ‘master key’ for other iPhones, he warned,” Johnson and Guynn report. “‘It would be possible for the government to take this key, modify it and use it on other phones,’ Opsahl said. ‘That risks a lot, that the government will have this power and it will not be misused.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Again, encryption is either on or off. This is a binary issue. There is no in-between. You either have encryption or you do not.

There have been people that suggest that we should have a back door. But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. — Apple CEO Tim Cook, December 2015

Oppose government overreach.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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