Before Apple creates any software to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, the U.S. government needs to ensure it is adequately protected and will not be abused, a member of the House Intelligence Committee contended Thursday.
Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat from Connecticut, said he wants to make sure the FBI can retrieve the data only on the iPhone in question and not other devices. He echoed Apple CEO Tim Cook in questioning how much authority the FBI should have to access Apple devices.
"Before we give this authority, we need to answer the question that Tim Cook asked, which is where are the limits of this authority?" Himes said on CNBC's "Closing Bell." "We all want to make ourselves absolutely comfortable that once this code exists that Apple is getting asked to write that it is very well protected."