After a wild few weeks of back and forth in the media and in the courts (but mostly in the media it seems), the debate over whether Apple should help, or be forced to help, the FBI unlock the iPhone connected to the shootings in San Bernadino, the case had a rather anticlimactic finish. Late last week, and just days before the two were supposed to appear in court to have the precedent-setting debate heard, the Bureau dropped its request, citing an anonymous source who offered to help crack open the device without Apple’s assistance.
While that, in and of itself raises a whole host of other questions about the security of the devices we carry around in our pockets, it—for all intents and purposes—put the larger debate around encryption and security on hold. For now.
Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, addressed that fact in an open letter shared this week. Here is that letter, in full: