FBI Director James Comey on Sunday said forcing Apple to help unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters is no big deal.
"We don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key loose on the land," Comey said in a statement Sunday night, insisting that vital decisions involving safety from terrorists shouldn't be left in the hands of "corporations that sell stuff for a living."
Last week a federal judge ordered Apple to help authorities access the locked iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California with the help of his wife, Tashfeen Malik.
But the company said it cannot unlock the phone because Farook, like many Apple customers, protected his device with a unique code. The company concluded that helping the government would sabotage the entire point of encryption and endanger the privacy of millions of its customers.