Source: Business Insider
Attorney General Bill Barr reignited a feud between Apple and the US government over its refusal to let officials access encrypted data on iPhones. He criticized Apple to not helping the FBI access the phone of Mohammed Alshamrani, a Saudi Arabian officer who opened fire in December on a naval base in Pensacola, Florida. Barr said that the FBI needs encrypted information from Alshamrani’s iPhone to properly investigate the shooting, which officials declared on Monday was an act of terrorism. Apple said it had helped as much as it can, but would never code a “back door” to allow law enforcement to access users’ encrypted information. The argument is effectively a replay of a 2015 struggle between Apple and the Obama administration, which wanted to access a cell phone after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Apple says there is no compromising on individual privacy, even if the individuals are terrorists. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The fight for privacy between Apple and the White House was reignited this week, when Attorney General Bill Barr publicly criticized Apple for not helping the FBI access a mass shooter’s cell phone.