Apple, Inc.: Data Privacy and a Request from the FBI

Apple, Inc.: Data Privacy and a Request from the FBI

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Abstract

The case centres on the aftermath of a terrorist attack in 2016 when Syed Farook and his wife attacked a festival in San Bernardino. After the shooting, searches revealed just one significant piece of electronic evidence that had not been destroyed, shooter Syed Farook’s employer-issued iPhone 5c running iOS 9. But the FBI could not unlock the phone to continue with their investigation and asked Apple to disable the auto-erase function on the iPhone so that the FBI would be able to submit multiple passcodes to the device for testing. Apple refused to comply with the FBI’s request and a court order was issued ordering Apple to help the FBI hack into Farook’s phone. The study invites the student to consider how the ethos of ...

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