Encryption, which is used by computers to protect our personal data, has become the source of heated debate recently. Because encryption can cause certain criminal devices to become impenetrable to the FBI, there are some who feel that such technological inaccessibility is perhaps doing more harm than good. Consequently, the FBI is leaning heavily on Apple to create “cheat codes” to circumvent its own devices’ security features.
The issue is a complicated one — luckily, John Oliver is here to break it down for all of us and prevent anyone from jumping to conclusions.
“Apple’s refusal to help crack a terrorist’s phone can seem hard to defend … But this is not simple,” says Oliver. “It’s a hugely complicated story with massive implications, and once we get to the end of it, you may not feel the same way that you do now.”