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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Apple refuses to unlock California shooter’s phone

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Queen’s University computing expert David Skillicorn is available to comment on Apple reusing to unlock the California shooter’s phone over privacy concerns. Apple Inc. has opposed a court ruling on Tuesday that ordered it to help the FBI break into an iPhone recovered from a San Bernardino shooter. The company has said the court’s demand threatens the security of Apple’s customers.

“Tech companies are resisting the U.S. government’s attempts to create backdoors in the encryption functions of their devices, arguing, rightly, that it's impossible to make a backdoor that only the good guys can use,” says Dr. Skillicorn. “That's different from resisting a government's request for technical assistance with the phone of a particular individual who was killed during the commission of an apparent terrorist attack; especially when that technical assistance has little to do with breaking the device's encryption. Apple seems confused about what message they are trying to send.”

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