“In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a U.S. magistrate has ordered Apple to assist the government in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook,” writes NPR’s Marie Andrusewicz. “The FBI is seeking information that may be on Farook’s employer-issued phone as it investigates the Dec. 2 shootings that left 14 people dead.”
At the time of the attack, Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, destroyed two personally owned cellphones and removed a hard drive from their computer.
In what Apple described as a “customer letter” posted on its website late Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said Apple will contest the judge’s order.
Apple said that giving technology to the F.B.I. that would allow them to crack iPhone encryption carried “implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”
Today’s Question: Should Apple comply with an order to unlock a San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone?