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James Comey: FBI Will Seek Help From Apple in 'Plenty More' Cases

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 01:37 PM

FBI Director James Comey predicted Tuesday that there will be "plenty more" cases in which the FBI would request help from Apple to get information from iPhones, according to a CNN report.
 
"This default encryption is affecting all of us, all of our lives, and all of our devices," Comey said," and "it's going to affect the work of law enforcement in a significant way."

The FBI director said he was "glad" that the lawsuit between the FBI and Apple had been dropped, because "it was creating an emotion around the issue that was not productive."

CNN reports Comey said he was reminded about the debates over gun safety, about the "slippery slope," which critics said would result if one gun law was removed or reduced in severity.

The FBI dropped the case against Apple in March, Wired reported, after finding a way to unlock the iPhone belonging to a shooter in the San Bernardino terror attacks.

Apple had refused to help the FBI, saying it was a "dangerous precedent for conscripting Apple and other technology companies to develop technology to do the government's bidding," according to an NPR report.

The Washington Post reported that the FBI found a way into the phone thanks to professional hackers, who were paid a one-time fee.

Even though Comey thinks that Congress has an important role in the debate over getting the right balance between security and safety, he says it must be a decision of the American people, not politicians.

He also said addressing that balance during the case was the "hardest problem I've encountered in my entire government career," according to USA Today.

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FBI Director James Comey predicted Tuesday that there will be "plenty more" cases in which the FBI would request help from Apple to get information from iPhones, according to a CNN report.
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