“In a recent interview about Apple’s ongoing legal battle with the Department of Justice, Tim Cook said that our smartphones have more information about us and our families than any other device we own,” Roberto Baldwin writes for Engadget. “He’s right. And if the FBI is able to compel Apple or any company to circumvent a phone’s encryption, it would tap into a wealth of information.”

“But it’s not just the tiny computers in our pocket we need to be concerned about,” Baldwin writes. “Your home and car tech could also be affected by the ruling if law enforcement deems it necessary.”

“Look around your home, office or car. How many microphones, cameras or sensors are pointed at you right now?” Baldwin writes. “Even if these devices are not connected to a service or server, they’re probably still there watching and listening. Hopefully the manufacturers did their jobs and all those eyes and ears are encrypted. But, if Apple is forced to help the FBI get into that iPhone, even that encryption won’t matter.”

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