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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FBI May Unlock iPhone Without Apple’s Help. Then What?

Pedestrians walk past the Apple store on 5th Avenue on February 23, 2016 in New York City. Protesters gathered to support Apple's decision to resist the FBI's pressure to build a "backdoor" to the iPhone of Syed Rizwan, one of the two San Bernardino shooters. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

Pedestrians walk past the Apple store on 5th Avenue on February 23, 2016 in New York City. Protesters gathered to support Apple’s decision to resist the FBI’s pressure to build a “backdoor” to the iPhone of Syed Rizwan, one of the two San Bernardino shooters. (Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

A last-minute court filing says that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may not need Apple’s help to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killers.

Instead, a mysterious third party has come forward with a possible way of bypassing the phone’s encryption, awarding a short-term victory to Apple while also raising concern among privacy advocates about the long-term possibilities.

Dawn Chmielewski of Re/code speaks with Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti about what this latest move by the FBI means for the future.

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