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Apple Can Be Liable For Supporting Terrorism Due To Encryption

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and other tech firms' communications services, which are protected with robust encryption, were targeted by a legal blog on Thursday. The blog claims that such services might be used by a suspected terrorist, and thus, tech companies could potentially be held liable for providing material support.

Terrorists may use Apple’s encrypted services

In a blog on end-to-end encryption and its impact on national security, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes and co-author Zoe Bedell talked of a hypothetical scenario in which Apple is called to decrypt data needed by law enforcement agencies. Since Apple devices, especially the ones running on iOS 8, can’t be decrypted, a terrorist might use the company’s messaging service to keep a plan protected from security agencies. And the...