Stephen Colbert grills U.S. Attorney General on iPhone encryption case

Last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Attorney General Loretta Lynch spoke on a number of law enforcement-related topics, including the ongoing case between the FBI and Apple related to the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Lynch refuted Apple's position that the FBI is asking for a back door into the iPhone, saying that they are "only" asking Apple to help disable the data erasure function that erases data after 10 failed password attempts.

You can watch the full interview with Lynch below. The section about Apple starts around three minutes in.

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Of course, what Lynch ignores is that this isn't so simple. The feature in question is tied into the operating system, and removing it would require Apple to write and install a new version of iOS without the feature onto the phone at the center of the case. One of Apple's current points in its opposition to the federal court order is that the government cannot compel them to write new code.

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