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Do you trust the feds?

This is a variation on the theme of freedom versus security [“Defend phone encryption,” Opinion, Feb. 19].

Apple must maintain its encryption code. It is what its customers pay for. It is what its customers trust it to do.

Whom do you trust to protect your privacy? The government? If Apple is forced to expose its encryption code, one can bet there will be abuse by unscrupulous government agents or sleuthing hackers. It would be a reprise of another theme: a bite out of the ol’ apple.

Michael Boler, Mukilteo

Use backdoor only when needed

Instead of technology companies being required to provide a “backdoor” to any of their products, wouldn’t it make more sense to subcontract the specific access in a specific case to the manufacturer of the product under very specific security conditions? That way, all devices remain relatively secure, unless a warrant justifies “opening up” a specific device to reveal content important to a specific investigation?

Terry Dudley, Edmonds

No effect on other users

Please read the order more closely. The FBI is not asking the Apple engineers to decrease security for the iPhone as a whole. They are mandating that Apple remove the nuclear option from the back end if the attempts fail so the FBI can access the information on a single mass-killer’s phone.

In doing this, the process would not change the iOS operating system, nor would it affect the rest of the Apple product community. Essentially what would need to happen would be for Apple to remove physical hardware in the system and most likely put it in another prototype body so as to bypass the unlock try-bomb. This process would be so complicated and difficult, the chances of it happening to any iPhone user would be close to nil.

Peter Richards, Bellevue