What the fight between the FBI and Apple means for you

In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Chinese women try iPhone sets at a newly-opened Apple Store in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious code in an unusual security breach. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – More developments happened Tuesday in the battle between Apple and the FBI over privacy and security.

Apple says it’s challenging government efforts to overcome encryption on at least 14 devices nationwide in addition to the phone of a San Bernardino, California, shooter.

Apple says it’s trying to protect the technology which preserves your information on an iPhone, so that only you can read it.

The government wants to know how its scrambled, so it can gain access.

Joe Danyi of Youngstown Computer says if Apple were to give the government a master key, so to speak, to the iPhone, to allow it to fight scrambling technology and read data off phones, that would make it easy for anyone else who could get ahold of the key to read your information as well.

That includes terrorists or even other countries. Protestors rallied today at Apple stores to back the company.

It also has the backing of Facebook and Twitter. The FBI is trying to get information to solve cases.

“I don’t think they’re going to stop at just getting access to iPhones,” Danyi said. “How about bank transactions, web transactions, a lot of these communications between terrorist groups are using the same encryption technology that the iPhone is using.”

Apple has already handed over everything it had on the shooter from its servers, and the government didn’t need a warrant to get it.

Apple fears that one exception to unlock the phone opens the doors for more requests. For you, that would be the time to take action.

“If this happens, I would be thinking of ways to keep the really important stuff,” Danyi said. “We do so much business on it, we do purchasing, we have social security numbers, phone numbers, all of that can be harvested once you give a back-door to someone.”

The iPhone is the most common phone in the world, and even if you don’t have one, you’re still susceptible.

“Once Apple does it, the same kinds of requests are going to come for Android and Microsoft devices,” Danyi said. “Bill Gates has already said he’s on board with giving law enforcement the ability to back-door.”

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