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F.B.I. Wants Apple To Unlock Phone Of San Bernardino Shooter

Mobile phones are personal devices typically kept close to the vest of their owners. They hold telephone numbers and photographs that could provide clues into a person's personality, which is why marketers look to build relationships based on available data from the phone. It's also why Judge Sheri Pym of the Federal District Court of the District of Central California Tuesday ordered Apple to bypass security functions on an iPhone 5c used by one of the attackers in the San Bernardino, Calif., massacre during a holiday gathering. Hours later in a statement Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the company's refusal to comply, calling the court order an "unprecedented step." The justice department secured a search warrant for the information in the phone, but Apple's Cook declined to voluntarily provide a way into the phone, which would mean providing encryption technology to unlock the data. It also means creating a backdoor to its encryption standards.

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