FBI vs. Google: The Legal Fight to Unlock Phones

A legal battle is brewing between technology companies and the U.S. government over whether law-enforcement agents have the right to obtain passwords to crack into smartphones of suspects.

Google Inc. earlier this year refused to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone powered by its Android software — even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant.

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