The case of Apple versus the FBI has been in the news for a while now, now they face off in front of the House Judiciary Committee. So let's break down why this is an important case. Because it's confusing as heck
The main issue: The F.B.I. demanded Apple break into an iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, CA. Apple
In cases like this you might just think, "What's the big deal? Why doesn't Apple just do it and help the investigation?" But the real reason why Apple is terrified is mostly because of the president it would set. In the words of Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel:
“it would set a dangerous precedent for government intrusion on the privacy and safety of its citizens.”
Why this is a big deal to the world:
It's now a symbolic representation of what the world has been arguing about for a while now. Tech Companies and the Government have been going back and forth, sometimes cooperating (against the public's will) and sometimes going against each other on the basis of privacy. It's a huge company versus the feds.