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Timothy Edgar Offers Bloomberg A Unique View On The Recent Apple/FBI Controversy

A detailed recent news item in Bloomberg by Adam Satariano and Chris Strohm dissects the ongoing Apple/FBI controversy that arose from the court order to unlock an iPhone used by one of the accused perpetrators of the San Bernardino massacre. Initially, they find, the Obama administration and Apple shared a certain amount of common ground, but recent events have put their divergent expectations on display. 

"The reason the relationship went south," says Timothy Edgar, a senior fellow at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs who was interviewed extensively for the story, "is that the government was expecting some degree of accommodation on the part of the technology companies....They were caught off guard by basically being told to get lost." 

As the former director of privacy and civil liberties for the White House National Security Staff from 2009 to 2010, Tim draws on his experience with various discussions between the FBI, White House, and government agencies such as the Commerce, State, and Defense Departments to illuminate not just the current dissent between privacy advocates and legal scholars but the ongoing debate within our government itself.

The full article is available here.