The FBI's decision to drop its lawsuit against Apple, in which it sought to force the company to create software to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino, California, terrorists, in no way lessens the importance of Apple's position in the matter.

The FBI backed off because it was able to hack into the phone, but the issues raised by this controversy have not been resolved. We should expect a replay in the future; that's why it's important to understand why Apple was right to take the principled position it did.

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