"The government's claiming that no one should worry because it's only going to be used in this one case but what Apple is saying is that this is not just a one dimensional key but it's basically a master key that if ending up in the wrong hands could really violate the security of everyone's iPhone all over the world."
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3. Various, Apple headquarters
Washington - February 17, 2016
4. White House briefing
5. SOUNDBITE (English)Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary:
"They are not asking Apple to redesign their products or create a new back door to one of their products. They're simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device."
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6. Still images, Tashfeen Malik, left and Syen Farook, right
"This is really a landmark case and the government here is really reaching beyond the Fourth Amendment. It's not even a Fourth Amendment issue about a search or seizure. The government doesn't want to search anything that Apple has an apple doesn't even possess anything rather Apple is being ordered to create something new to be able to unlock the iPhone."
"Apple is between a rock and a hard place in this case. On the one hand it wants do everything it can to cooperate with the FBI because obviously it has to try to do everything within its power to cooperate and to assist national security. On the other hand, there are consumer protection issues because what the government's basically asking Apple to do is to provide a master key to unlock and bypass the security feature."
"So the irony of this is that Apple is being asked to create a product that will allow hacking that would be held by the FBI. But if the FBI's security is no better than OPM or the IRS, then someone from China or North Korea or Russia for its Apple could hack in to get that software and then hack into what the government has."
"Apple's made clear it's going to fight. It's going to file its reply. It's due filed with the court by Monday and I can guarantee you whoever loses that battle is going to appeal. This may end up in the Supreme Court.
"If Apple is right and if this technology ends up getting disclosed then their privacy, all the information on their iPhones could be at risk. You could be at risk for losing her personal privacy on your medical information, on your banking information. Even your bank security may be at risk."
Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company will fight a federal magistrate's order to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California shooters.
The company said that could potentially undermine encryption for millions of other users.
Cook's response, posted early Wednesday on the company's website, set the stage for a legal fight between the federal government and Silicon Valley with broad implications for digital privacy and national security.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym had ordered Apple to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the Dec. 2 attack that killed 14 people. Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, died in a gun battle with police.
The ruling by Pym, a former federal prosecutor, requires Apple to supply software the FBI can load onto Farook's county-owned work iPhone to bypass a self-destruct feature that erases the phone's data after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it. The FBI wants to be able to try different combinations in rapid sequence until it finds the right one.
The Obama administration has embraced stronger encryption as a way to keep consumers safe on the Internet but has struggled to find a compelling example to make its case.
Cook called the ruling an example of government overreach and said "this moment calls for public discussion, and we want our customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake."
Federal prosecutors told Pym that they can't access Farook's work phone because they don't know his passcode and Apple has not cooperated.
Apple has provided default encryption on its iPhones since 2014, allowing any device's contents to be accessed only by the user who knows the phone's passcode. Previously, the company could use an extraction tool that would physically plug into the phone and allow it to respond to search warrant requests from the government.
The magistrate's order requires that the software Apple provides be programmed to work only on Farook's phone, and said Apple has five days to notify the court if it believes the ruling is unreasonably burdensome.