“The security of a product used by so many people – including and especially Americans – is part of national security,” said Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and computer science at Harvard Law School. “While it is appropriate for law enforcement, with a warrant, to use a security flaw to gain access to which it is legally entitled, the flaw should be patched as soon as possible for everyone else’s sake.”
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Sonya Song, who is affiliated with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and is a media researcher at Chartbeat, an online analytics company, said newsrooms are more likely to cover countries with tighter connections to their home country.
“There’s a lot of people right now who are curious who this third party is,” said David O’Brien, a senior researcher with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. “It appears the FBI turned away from the opportunity to test its case in court and get a ruling that could have set a precedent.”
“It’s an area with a lot of nuance in the Constitution,” said David O’Brien, senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Article I of the Constitution clearly gives Congress broad authority to “provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” he said.