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The tech and privacy concerns being weighed against advanced government, police efforts to fight terror

A customer tries out a new iPhone at an Apple store in Chicago.
A customer tries out a new iPhone at an Apple store in Chicago.
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Last December, the San Bernardino shooting opened up a series of investigations into the technologies the attackers used.

Specifically,  the FBI demanded Apple to unlock the assailant’s iPhone in order to access its contacts and history. When Apple resisted the idea of opening a “back door” for investigators, other Silicon Valley companies came to its defense.

Facebook, Yahoo, and Google filed a joint brief in in California’s central district court arguing against undercutting security features.

Fast forward to a year later, what’s the current status of the encryption debate between government agencies and tech giants? How has the tech industry that rely on the collection of personal data evolved since the deadly shooting? How should companies like Apple, Facebook and Google assist terrorism investigation while maintaining privacy of their users?


Ahmed Ghappour,  visiting assistant professor at UC Hastings’ College of the Law

Russell Brandom, Reporter at the Verge. He’s been following the encryption debate since the San Bernardino shooting; he tweets @russellbrandom