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Attorney General doesn’t budge on Apple and encryption in RSA talk

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    SAN FRANCISCO -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch thinks the government and tech industry should find common ground in the fight over whether Apple should help crack an iPhone used by a terrorist, but her position is that the company should comply, she said during a talk at RSA Conference 2016.

    “The middle ground is to do what the law requires,” Lynch said, which in her view is having Apple obey the court order. “Do what you did for years until about a year ago.”

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    She was referring to Apple’s earlier ability to decrypt data stored on iPhones – a capability that it has since disabled. It now faces a court order to help the FBI by writing code that would enable a computer to carry out a brute-force attack to open up the phone.

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