Why the FBI's request to Apple will affect civil rights for a generation

But the truth is, no legal case applies in a vacuum. If this goes through, if Apple is forced to assist, it will open a floodgate of law enforcement requests. Then what about civil cases? Opening a phone to support a messy divorce and child custody battle? Or what about requests from other nations, especially places like China and the UAE that already forced BlackBerry and others to compromise the security of their customers?

It's not much of a stretch to worry about other nations making backdoor installation routine or even a legal obligation as a prerequisite to doing business there. And for those who only really care about American citizens, this could lead to situations where travelers and businesspeople are forced to give up any semblance of data privacy when they travel outside the US.