I think Apple's stance was appropriate and a needed expression of support for privacy and personal security. If the government has tools and access to break into phones and retrieve all of the data stored there, criminals will have access to the same tools. Do you really think there are no "dirty" people in law enforcement? There will always be information that law enforcement can't get access to. Information written in code, information written down but then shredded of burned (if done properly), information committed to memory. Do we also need to pass laws that paper should be required to be unburnable and unshreddable? I think Apple should be allowed (and encouraged) to try to make their devices as secure as possible. Adding *any* "back door" makes the device much less secure in all cases, even if the "back door" is "only made available to law enforcement".