Christopher Ballod Quoted in Legaltech News on Apple Encryption Debate

Philadelphia, Penn. (January 22, 2020) – Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Partner Christopher Ballod was recently quoted by Legaltech News in an article titled “Why Is the Justice Department Knocking Harder at Apple's Backdoor?” which discusses an encryption debate with Apple involving two iPhones used by a gunman during last month’s shooting at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida.

Mr. Ballod discusses Apple’s lack of cooperation in this case and the company’s refusal to install law enforcement backdoors. Mr. Ballod points out the lack of critical circumstances surrounding the case and the possible new opportunities.

“We have an administration that’s more openly willing to put pressure on the tech sector. … You have an atmosphere where I think the [Department of Justice] is looking to try its hand again at getting this kind of surveillance built into the system,” Mr. Ballod said.

Mr. Ballod also mentions the potential risk that Apple may encounter if the company does install such software and any potential issues for Apple product users.

Mr. Ballod is a partner in Lewis Brisbois’ Philadelphia office and counsels clients in the prevention of data breach incidents and during the response and notification process after an incident occurs.

Read the full article on this debate here.

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