Apple vs. the FBI: Fight for access to terrorist’s smartphone pits privacy against public safety

"The Apple case is the latest in a string of confrontations between government and private industry over access to personal digital devices such as smartphones, said Omer Tene, vice president of research and education at the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based International Association of Privacy Professionals.

“This kind of crystallizes a huge conflict that’s been brewing between law enforcement and government for decades,” he said.

Tene said that while the trade organization does not take sides on issues of government policy, it regards the Apple case as significant because the FBI essentially wants Apple to create a “master key” that could be used to unlock other encrypted mobile devices.

“If there is a master key somewhere, then that key could be used not only in appropriate cases but in inappropriate cases,” he said."