If you’re keeping score at home, add San Bernardino’s police chief as the latest to take sides in the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI. Jarrod Burguan, the local police chief, joined NPR to share his views on the current FBI and Apple privacy battle. In the interview, Burguan admits that there is “a good chance that there is nothing of any value on the phone”, but believes there is the possibility that “maybe there was some information on there that would lead to a larger plot or larger network.”

In the interview, the point is raised that this ongoing discussion is nothing new. The interviewer prods Burguan on his opinion of whether or not the case is “being used as an example for an agenda that was already there.” Relaying that he has a few Apple devices and is a fan of the products, Burguan doesn’t see it as fight between the FBI and Apple. “The larger issue here is do we want companies to have the right to create something that is that much of a potential danger”, says Burguan.

He doesn’t believe that iOS would be less secure over time if access to the encrypted system was given.

“At the speed of technology, this particular operating system will be obsolete in six months to a year. It will be completely replaced by a new system and whatever version of iOS this is will be useless in a short period of time.

The entire interview can be heard below or over at NPR’s site.

Catch up on our continuing coverage of the case below.

  • U.S. judge orders Apple to help FBI access data on San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone 5c
  • Apple publishes letter responding to FBI iPhone unlock demand: ‘an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers’
  • Google CEO Pichai appears to side with Apple in series of vague tweets on FBI encryption battle
  • Security firm shows how Apple could bypass iPhone security to comply with FBI request
  • Opinion: How likely is Apple to succeed in resisting the FBI court order?
  • Should Apple comply with FBI request to bypass San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone? [Poll]
  • Civil rights groups and tech companies express support for Apple’s stand against the FBI
  • Opinion: Why an iPhone master key is better than a backdoor, but still too dangerous
  • Petition urges White House to support Apple in blocking government access to locked iPhones
  • Senate Intelligence Committee considering bill to penalize companies refusing to decrypt user device
  • Report: Apple to get more time to formally respond to government’s request for access to locked iPhone
  • Apple/FBI fight looks destined to go all the way to the Supreme Court as more background is revealed
  • Department of Justice files motion to force Apple to comply with FBI iPhone backdoor request
  • Apple implies FBI screwup: iPhone Apple ID password changed in govt possession, backdoor unnecessary
  • FBI explains why it changed Apple ID password in iPhone unlock case, retrieved iCloud backups up to October 19 but wants more
  • San Bernardino victims divided on iPhone issue as FBI claims not trying to set a precedent
  • Apple/FBI: Tim Cook sends memo to employees, wants government to drop All Writs Act demands, posts customer FAQ
  • Edward Snowden describes how the FBI could physically extract passcode from iPhone chip without Apple’s help
  • Mark Zuckerberg sides w/ Apple in encryption battle as poll suggests public supports FBI
  • Report says DOJ seeking data from ‘about’ 12 other iPhones as Bill Gates sides with FBI
  • Report: Apple to argue that encryption battle with FBI should be decided by Congress
  • Bloomberg: Apple will argue that the digital signature it uses to validate code is protected as free speech
  • Tim Cook says tool to unlock iPhone is the ‘software equivalent of cancer’ in new interview
  • Apple working on stronger iCloud backup encryption and iPhone security to counter FBI unlock requests
  • Apple’s top lawyer Bruce Sewell to testify before Congress over encryption next week
  • Apple officially responds to court request to comply with FBI in San Bernardino iPhone case
  • Report: Google, Twitter, Facebook, & Microsoft to file court motions officially supporting Apple in FBI fight
  • FBI director admits under oath that iPhone case would set a precedent; public & Republican candidates still on FBI side

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