How Apple could be more honest about iPhone security: John Oliver

Last Week Tonight has produced a parody of an Apple commercial to help you understand the company’s fight with the FBI over encryption and backdoors.

By - March 14, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Apple recently challenged a court order the FBI obtained compelling the company to build firmware for the iPhone 5c that would let it crack the device’s passcode.

A 5c was seized during the investigation of the San Bernardino terrorist attack, and is believed to belong to one of the shooters.

Although the FBI obtained the court order, Apple has challenged it – warning that the request could have dire consequences.

It said the FBI argues that this is a once-off request, but there is no guarantee that the backdoored version of iOS would remain exclusive to US law enforcement.

Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver tackled the issue in a recent video, suggesting that Apple should be more honest in its commercials.

The video is embedded below, and is set to start at the parody commercial.

(It is worth watching the whole video to get a better understanding of the issues around the debate.)

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