Privacy vs. National Security debate persists after FBI hacks into iPhone

22News spoke with iPhone users about what impacts this could have on their privacy

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP/AP)-   The FBI has dropped it’s legal case with Apple, saying a third party has been able to hack into the iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the san Bernardino shooters that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in December.

FBI Assistant Director, David Bowdich said he’s satisfied they  have access to more answers than they did before.

Computer experts 22News spoke with said it would be difficult to hack into an iPhone with the system that’s in place. But with the FBI announcing that a third party was able to do so it has new implications for iPhone users.

Courtney Pilon, of Agawam said, “I definitely think there’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed between their customers and national security. I think that Apple should totally back their customers and grant them the privacy and security that they expect.”

Apple CEO, Tim Cook said that the process the governement had requested could be used over and over, on any number of devices, and threatens customer security.

“At the same time like I would want like something to be done if someone was like doing something like planning a terrorist attack via cell phones, but I don’t know I want what’s on my phone to be private I guess,” Erica Palmerson, a Senior at UMass Amherst said.

Apple will most likely try to fix the security override, saying that people in the U.S. and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy.  Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.

“More security to help people’s privacy is always a good thing so I think they should,” Tim Jenis, of Hopkinton said.

Even though the FBI has found a way into this phone, the issue of national security and privacy will stay at the forefront of cell phone users screens and minds.

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