CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/FOX 28) — Should Apple help the FBI access iPhone data?
It's the big question on the minds of a lot of people now after a federal judge ordered the company to help agents access the locked phone of one of the shooters in last year's massacre in San Bernardino, California.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook said his company will fight the ruling.
"The reality is if you put a backdoor in, that backdoor is for everybody, the good guys and the bad guys," Cook said.
The FBI is trying to ding the missing pieces such as who Syed Farook and Tafsheen Malik may have communicated with and where they traveled before killing 14 people in San Bernardino.
"We still have one of those killer's phones that we have not been able to open," James Comey, FBI Director said. The FBI has been trying to unlock Farook's phone for two months now.
Attorney Brian Johnson, with JJW Legal in Cedar Rapids, said cellphone users shouldn't worry just yet, because apple will fight until the end.
"A cellphone isn't just a simple list of phone numbers anymore, it's basically in some cases a large chuck of someone's life, and that's very much privacy we want to protect," Johnson said.
In the 90's, the United States Supreme Court ruled law enforcement has to get a warrant to search information on a cellphone.
"This is basically now forcing the company to create a completely new way of getting the phone unlocked."
Every iPhone has an optional auto erase feature.
If too many incorrect passwords are entered, the phone erases all the data.
The FBI wants Apple to figure out a way to disable that feature so they can hack into the phone
"This seems like this would be a huge step, I mean this is essentially not just being able to crack a safe, but forcing the maker of the safe, to create an entirely new way to get into the safe. It is pretty unprecedented in my opinion," Johnson said. He said he wouldn't be surprised if the case went to the Supreme Court.
The ruling is the first of its kind. Apple now has five days to respond to the order.