FBI Accused of Emotional Manipulation in Apple Encryption Case

February 25, 2016 – In The News
The Hill

Scott L. Vernick was quoted in The Hill article, “FBI Accused of Emotional Manipulation in Apple Encryption Case.” Full text can be found in the February 25, 2016, issue, but a synopsis is below.

The FBI finds itself facing claims that it selected the emotionally charged case of the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone in an attempt to force a precedent on encryption policy.

According to attorneys, even if the FBI chose to stoke a public fight over this particular phone strategically, it doesn’t change the technical facts of the case.

“They’ve got all the optics, but I think the government’s attempt to contextualize it and make an emotional appeal — that’s all good press, but I don’t think that changes what’s at issue and what’s at stake,” said Scott L. Vernick, a noted privacy attorney.

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