Many users don't want Apple to give FBI way to hack iPhone
PORTLAND, Ore. —
Ask most people with iPhones, and it's clear they don't want Apple to give the FBI a way to hack the iPhone's security software.
"I don't think it's worth risking every single individual's security through their phone," says iPhone user Ellen Wootten.
"I agree with Apple here," adds Dani Witt. "I don't want the government spying on my every move on my phone."
Newer iPhones come with an option of erasing all data on the phone after anyone enters the wrong phone access code ten times.
The FBI says it needs the hack to access the iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook who, along with his wife, went on a shooting spree in December that killed 14 people.
The FBI wants to know if Farook's iPhone data would reveal any international terrorist contacts.
Lewis and Clark law professor Tung Yin says he's never seen a case where a federal court compels a company to do work on behalf of a law enforcement agency.
"This particular case is very interesting," says Yin, "because it really is not a clear-cut 'Apple is unpatriotic' or 'Apple is doing this wonderful thing by standing for privacy rights.' There's a little bit of both."
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden considers the court order a potential invasion of privacy.
"This company is in effect," says Wyden, "going to build a key that will unlock millions of iPhones. And when you do that that gets into the hands of bad guys as well as good guys."
Wyden worries criminals would eventually get the code and use it to hack iPhone user's personal information and foreign countries might use the software to steal information from the phones of U.S. government officials.