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dateline: 02 March 2016

Apple Battles FBI Over Privacy

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • FBI: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (US)
  • Capitol Hill: the location where federal laws are made in the US
  • comply: to obey
  • congressional hearing: a meeting with Congress to collect information in order to make laws
  • encryption: the encoding of data
  • decryption: the conversion of coded information into its original form
  • warrant: the legal authorization to search
  • rival: one who is in direct competition
  • stand behind: to provide support or agreement
  • set a precedent: to be used as a guideline for similar cases in the future

Apple Battles FBI Over Privacy

A legal battle between Apple and the FBI continued on Capitol Hill this week. Apple has refused to comply with a judge who ordered the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of a . At the congressional hearing, the parties modern privacy issues, including encryption and user . The FBI feels that no company should be able to create a warrant-free space. Apple feels that the government should not be allowed to order a company to provide decryption services. Rival tech , including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter are all standing behind Apple.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the FBI want Apple to do?
  2. Why doesn’t Apple want to comply with the federal court order?
  3. Why does the report mention Microsoft?

Discussion Questions: Should government agencies be able to force tech companies to overwrite features that were designed for user security? If Apple complies this time, will it set a precedent?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub

Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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