NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The FBI clashes with Apple in a high-profile dispute that many say has implications far beyond the investigation into last year's California shooting rampage.
A judge ordered Apple to help the FBI access a locked iPhone linked to the massacre. But Apple says doing so could allow hackers to unlock any iPhone in the world.
Marjorie Esman, executive director of the Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union,says the ACLU has offered assistance to Apple in their fight.
"This is a serious breach of the privacy and the technology that Apple has built in to its product, and the idea that the government can force a private company to essentially re-manufacture its product at its own expense is terrifying," Esman said. "If the FBI can get in, then so can anybody else, and what Apple has done is try to make sure that everybody's information is more safe from criminals. And they're exactly right - if they were to unlock those features, then it would allow thieves and hackers and criminals to get access to the data, as well."
Local cyber security expert Nam Nguyen who is CEO of C2 Cybersecurity says he's sees both sides.
"On one side, the government is here to help us and they're trying to do their due diligence and do their job and try and find this data and track the terrorists," he said. "On the other side, we have a company like Apple, which is a corporation, and they stand behind their product and they built a lot of security into their product."