David Pierson on the FBI walking away from its confrontation with Apple because it found another way:
What would be worse for a company that has insisted privacy is core to its identity — and whose marquee device is among the safest on the market? Caving to government pressure and writing its own decryption software, or conceding its phones are not as secure as some believed.
Let’s go with what’s behind door #1, Monte.
Apple, civil liberty groups and digital privacy advocates say the first option would be far more damaging.
Doing so would set a precedent for the government to compel any tech company to thwart its own security measures — a dangerous development, they say, in a world where people’s lives are largely lived on digital devices.
There’s no ding to Apple’s reputation here. The San Bernadino terrorist’s iPhone is an older model running iOS 8. Security has been beefed up in iOS 9 and likely more so with iOS 10 due later this summer.