The problem with 'unlocking'

February 24, 2016 4:44 PM

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For FBI allies, "unlocking" has become a useful word. The latest salvo came in a New York Times opinion piece on Tuesday, in which NYPD commissioner William Bratton and a coauthor weighed in on Apple’s legal fight under the headline "Why Apple Should Unlock an iPhone."

The problem, according to Bratton, started when Apple decided to stop unlocking phones in the first place. "Until 17 months ago, Apple held the key that could override protections and open phones," the piece claimed. "Apple used this ‘master key’ to comply with court orders in drug, kidnapping, murd...

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