Most of the time, debates over arcane encryption practices and how they play into the efforts of law enforcement remain sequestered within the relatively small community that works on such issues.

But that all changed recently with the San Bernardino shooting massacre and the FBI’s demands that Apple create a backdoor method that would allow law enforcement to bypass the company’s encryption technology. Rather than complying, Apple fought back against the demand, arguing that meeting it would make its products more vulnerable to hackers and other threats.

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