Fmr. FBI agent weighs in on Apple debate

Posted at 11:29 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 21:06:48-05

Should Apple create a special encryption to help the federal government gain total access to a terrorist's cell phone?

Former Buffalo FBI Special Agent in Charge Bernie Tolbert believes National Security trumps personal privacy.

"I understand Apple's concerns, they have legitimate business concerns," Tolbert said. "On the other hand, a government's primary function is the safety and security of its people."

Apple, and its supporters believe giving the government a special encryption to hack into Sayed Farook's iPhone would open the door  to privacy attacks for its customers in the future.

Tolbert says this is a terrorist and it's a matter of homeland security.

"In this case, the incident is over," Tolbert said. "The government wants to know who Farook was talking to, there may be someone else out there who is planning an attack."

Tolbert agrees this is a difficult debate, and believes Apple and the government need to come together on a solution.

"Let Apple create the system and give them the phone," he said. "Let them get the information and then give it to the government."