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Mr. Robot's second season will tackle encryption, privacy

Apple debate is the perfect setup

The huge debate occurring between Apple and the federal government couldn't have come at a better time for Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail.

Esmail told a panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas that the majority of Mr. Robot's second season would deal with the debate over privacy and encryption, according to Entertainment Weekly. Esmail told the panel that they deliberately chose not to include law enforcement in the first season, but that would change this time around.

"Elliot committed a crime and we're going to see the ramifications of that this season," Esmail said.

In the first season of the show, computer security expert turned activist hacker Elliot (Rami Malek) works with a group of likeminded coders to take down Evil Corp, a conglomerate that stands for everything the anarchist group detests.

Esmail said that although they weren't trying to "predict the future," the Apple debate was definitely on course with what they wanted to discuss in their sophomore season. The creator said that the conversation over whether privacy truly existed for private citizens was fascinating and was a concept he's been interested in exploring since he came up with the idea for the series.

Mr. Robot's second season doesn't have a premiere date as of yet, but is currently in production. It's expected later this summer.

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