FBI Director James Comey conceded Tuesday the government’s demand that Apple decrypt an iPhone used by a San Bernardino terrorist could set a precedent for succeeding cases.

Comey’s nearly three-hour testimony before the House Judiciary Committee backpedaled the Justice Department’s previous assurance that the government would compel the tech giant only to unlock a single phone.

Apple has rooted its resistance to the FBI in the notion that any of its iPhone users could be susceptible to privacy vulnerabilities if the government succeeds in forcing the company to create decryption software.

Bruce Sewell, the senior vice president and general counsel at Apple, warned during a later panel that the emergence of a program that has the ability to break encryption effectively would make society less secure.

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