Apple vs. the FBI

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Guests: Kim Zetter, Jeffrey Vagle, Susan Hennessey

The debate over national security and privacy has a long and thorough history, dating back to the founding of our country. The latest installment of this drama comes courtesy of American’s addiction to smartphones and the recent attack in San Bernardino which claimed the lives of 14 people. The FBI has asked Apple to “unlock” the encrypted information on the iPhone of one of the shooters as part of their investigation of the shooting. Apple has been publicly fighting the government’s efforts, claiming that allowing investigators access to the phone would set a precedent that would cause distrust in their company. Today on the show, we’ll discuss the case and its implications. We’ll talk with JEFFREY VAGLE, executive director of Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition, and with SUSAN HENNESSEY, fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and former attorney with the NSA. But first, we’ll get a breakdown of the situation with KIM ZETTER, senior staff writer for WIRED.

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