Apple refuses to unlock phone of San Bernardino terrorist

Daily News Article - February 18, 2016


1. For what reason does Apple CEO Tim Cook say his company will fight the federal judge’s ruling?

2. In refusing to comply with a federal judge’s ruling, what does Apple accuse the government of trying to force Apple to do?

3. What does Mr. Cook call for in his public letter posted to the company’s website on Wednesday?

4. A federal judge has granted the Justice Department’s request. If San Bernadino County owns Farook’s work phone the FBI needs to access and has given them permission to access it, why haven’t they done so?

5. What does Apple say the software the Obama administration wants them to create would do?

6. Some reader comments on this article:

  1. "Apple has the ability now to get into the phone - they just don’t want people to know that they can hack into any phone."
  2. "Been in IT for almost 40 years, worked on too many different types of systems… one constant is once a back door or override of ANY type is created it is eventually known by a very large group of people. It may be kept safe a secure for a short while, but over time it gets out. And the security or tightness that was originally though to be unbreakable, well, it's a joke. If Apple is made to do this you should consider that anything you are putting on your phone today, you are putting on a public bill board in the future."
  3. "Perhaps the best compromise position is for Apple to agree to extract the data from the device at an Apple facility, without allowing government officials access to any Apple security protocols or keys. That would protect other Apple products customers, because it would require the physical possession of the device to gain access to the data, and because it would still only be available to Apple techs without a signed court order. Ultimately, there probably needs to be some federal legislation that defines the powers, and limitations, of investigators, and the responsibilities of vendors of electronic products..."
  4. "I don't get it. Apple can unlock the phone, copy the data, lock the phone again, and send the copy of the data to the FBI. The FBI can be in the room to witness the action to ensure the chain of custody on the phone without being privileged to the encryption and code that Apple uses. What is the problem?"
  5. "If the phone is owned by the County of San Bernadino and they want the FBI to access the phone, why can’t they request Apple help them access the phone? Does the owner have no legal right to gain access to the phone?"

a) Many have said this is not simply a privacy vs. security issue.  What do you think? Explain your answer.
b) Ask a parent the same question.