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Apple and privacy: What you do with iPhone is your business — or not

Apple and privacy: What you do with iPhone is your business — or not

To Mel Brooks, the difference between comedy and tragedy is easily explained. Comedy, he'll tell you, is when you step into an open manhole and die. Tragedy is when he — Brooks — gets a paper cut.

Privacy is like that, too. I want mine. But you? What are you hiding anyway?

Apple finds itself at the center of a privacy fight with far-reaching implications. Federal investigators want the company to create a backdoor to circumvent the iPhone security so they can access whatever clues about potential ISIS ties one of the San Bernardino attackers may have left on his device.

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, is standing his ground. The company is defying a court order. He...

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