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The case between Apple and the FBI is capturing a lot of attention because the privacy implications are staggering. A judge ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in December's San Bernardino attack. But, Apple argues that creating a way to break iPhone security would ultimately expose the phones to attacks by criminals and other governments like China.
Class discussion: Do you think Apple should do what the FBI asks? Why or why not? Are you more worried about privacy or terror threats? What could criminals get if they could unlock your cellphone? Passwords? Bank and credit card information? Where else do the FBI and other agencies want to install “backdoors”? If U.S. agencies succeed in getting their “backdoors”, could that open those computers, devices, networks and Internet services to snooping and attacks by hostile governments or terrorist groups?
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