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Apple is reportedly preparing for a legal showdown with the Trump administration over the federal government’s request for access to the iPhones used by the Saudi terrorist who shot and killed three U.S. sailors in Pensacola, Florida, in December.
The brewing dispute highlights the debate surrounding digital privacy and the government, specifically when Silicon Valley companies like Apple are required to cooperate with law enforcement officials on criminal investigations and matters of national security.
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On Tuesday President Donald Trump tweeted his frustration with Apple, telling the company that it needs to “step up to the plate and help our great Country.”
Earlier this week, Apple declined requests from Attorney General William Barr and the FBI to unlock two iPhones that are believed to have belonged to the terrorist who murdered three sailors and injured eight others at a Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station base.
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The FBI has identified the shooter as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old Saudi citizen serving as a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force. Alshamrani, who was killed in the incident, was reportedly in Pensacola for aviation training.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday that his administration is helping Apple with trade and many other issues, but said the company has not returned the favor and is refusing to cooperate with law enforcement.
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Attorney General Barr also called on Apple to assist with the investigation.
“We have asked Apple for their help in unlocking the shooter’s iPhones. So far Apple has not given us any substantive assistance,” Barr said in a press conference on Monday.
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“This situation perfectly illustrates why it is critical that investigators be able to get access to digital evidence once...
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