Many Americans are asking if Apple should help the FBI to hack into a mass shooters phone, after the technology company refused to help federal investigators.
The FBI's director released a letter Sunday night stating the demand is about finding justice for the victims of the San Bernardino shootings. But Apple's CEO Tim Cook has said his company does not want to hack their own users and undermine security agreements.
"The skeleton key is what they're requesting, the FBI. It's a key to unlock the security script which apple has put in place, which will then perhaps allow law enforcement to unlock every iPhone which comes into their forensic lab for analysis," said Eliya Azoulay-Mare, director of operations with Expert Data Forensics, a Las Vegas-based company that searches for electronic evidence.
Often Azoulay-Mare's work requires accessing password protected phones of the deceased.
"We then ask the family or whoever turns the phone in to bring us all the devices in the house," said Azoulay-Mare.
She said often, information from a phone will be on a computer when the two devices synced. It's more than likely an avenue the FBI already looked at in the San Bernardino case.
"It could very well be that there were no devices that the phone was synced to," Azoulay-Mare said.
Azoulay-Mare believes there's a compromise which is being overlooked, one which isn't as extreme as Apple programming a skeleton key.
"Apple should actually take the phone under chain of custody, and decrypt it in their lab, then use forensic tools to extract the data and provide the forensic report to law enforcement," Azoulay-Mare told FOX40.
That way, Azoulay-Mare said Apple would not have to share their programing with any outside agency, and the tech giant would comply with last week's federal judge's order requiring it to help the FBI.
"The security of many should always supersede the privacy of one," Azoulay-Mare said.
Cook has said his company plans to fight that federal judge's order. Meanwhile the families of the San Bernardino victims could soon be getting involved in this legal battle, taking the side of the government.