If Apple creates the sort of vulnerability that the FBI is looking for them to create, it's going to be a target, everybody's going to want a piece of it. The US law enforcement is going to want to use it on a regular basis, and even beyond law enforcement, organised crime is going to want to have a piece of this.

Ross Schulman, senior policy counsel, Open Technology Institute

A court order demanding that Apple help the United States government to unlock the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is having implications far beyond this one case.

Pitting law enforcement against civil liberties advocates, the FBI is demanding that Apple help it to bypass security features of an iPhone recovered from Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in December 2015 during a mass shooting.

Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, is fighting the order, calling it an "overreach by the US government", National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has called it the "the most important tech case in a decade", while civil liberties campaigners have accused the US government of using the case to establish a dangerous legal precedent.

Ross Schulman, a senior policy counsel at the Open Technology Institute, joins Counting the Cost to discuss Apple's fight with the FBI over encryption.

Source: Al Jazeera