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iPhone-encryption

Apple is involved in a very public fight with the FBI about unlocking an iPhone 5c used by the terrorists behind the San Bernardino shooting. In addition to wanting Apple’s help in unlocking the iPhone in question, the FBI (and various other law enforcement agencies) also want Apple to create a “backdoor” into the company’s iOS mobile operating system, effectively bypassing and rendering Apple’s encryption efforts null and void.

Should a backdoor like this be created and fall into the wrong hands or it’s used unscrupulously, it could potentially leave iPhone apps like iMessage and FaceTime vulnerable to widespread government surveillance and hackers.

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