A federal judge ruled Monday that Apple doesn’t have to help the FBI in New York iPhone case. A New York judge says the US Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked Phone data in a routine drug case. It’s one of 12 cases on this issue. The FBI plans to appeal.
This follows the California judge’s order requiring Apple to create software to help the US Justice Department to hack the iPhone of a shooter in the December 2nd terror killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
The FBI’s case against Apple in the California case is not what people think. The argument that they aren’t asking for that much is not accurate.
In testimony released ahead of a congressional hearing, Apple’s chief attorney argued that helping unlock an iPhone used by a terrorist in San Bernardino will ultimately create more crime.
The FBI director admits the Apple encryption case could set legal precedent.
Bruce Sewell, Apple’s general counsel, will warn legislators on the House judiciary committee that the 16 February court order on Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone will, if enacted, create a digital vulnerability that jeopardises another US government imperative: cybersecurity.
“Hackers and cyber criminals could use this to wreak havoc on our privacy and personal safety,” Sewell will tell the House panel.
“Some of you might have an iPhone in your pocket right now, and if you think about it, there’s probably more information stored on that iPhone than a thief could steal by breaking into your house,” Sewell will testify.
The FBI is basically demanding Apple design its operating system to allow the FBI to get into cell phones by itself and not have to ask Apple for help.
Watch former CIA Director Woolsey:
In an interview with Bret Baier, Loretta Lynch discussed the Apple case and misrepresented it as just like any other case. She also said she will push to have US companies response to UK subpoenas. There is no end to what this government will ask for from our companies. They need to be stopped here and now.