The FBI Is at War With Apple Because It Couldn’t Change Wiretap Law

"At the same time, “CALEA did not prohibit a carrier from deploying an encryption service for which it did not retain the ability to decrypt communications for law enforcement access, period,” wrote Albert Gidari, director of privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, in an analysis of the case. Just as the government can’t ask for a backdoor, it can’t prevent a company from employing strong user protections either—the type of protections, say, that even Apple can’t break.

“Here again,” Gidari continued, “CALEA recognized that some evidence that may be necessary to an investigation will not be available to the government because it is encrypted and the provider lacks the key to access it.”"