The FBI demands Apple Computer to figure out a way to read encrypted files on an i-Phone owned by an alleged terrorist. Apple Computer’s management says there is no way to do this without opening up all i-Phone files to the FBI. The case is likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
Suppose the FBI wins its case. Suppose a year later the national police in Russia, China or Iran, arrest an elleged terrrorist and demand that Appple create a similar tool for them? Do the Russian, Chinese or Iranian security services automatically get access to all i-Phones?
Also: Why doesn’t the FBI call on the National Security Agency to de-crypt the telephone? Are the NSA’s top experts no match for Apple? Or does the FBI have a problem getting NSA co-operation? I thought that creation of a Department of Homeland Security was supposed to end these national security turf wars.