AP Explains: The Justice Department’s new quarrel with Apple
WASHINGTON — The deadly December shooting of three U.S. sailors at a Navy installation could reignite a long-simmering fight between the federal government and tech companies over data privacy and encryption. The Justice Department insists that it needs data from two locked and encrypted iPhones that belonged to the alleged gunman. Apple, which deliberately makes iPhones so secure that the company itself can’t read personal data without permission, has demurred. Still to come: whether U.S. Attorney General William Barr will try to muscle Apple into hacking its own technology — or press for laws banning encryption that the government can’t break.