AP Ex­plains: The Jus­tice Depart­ment’s new quar­rel with Ap­ple

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

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.

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