After the FBI confirmed it was dropping its case against Apple on Monday, the Cupertino company has officially responded. “This case should never have been brought,” it said in a statement, which insists it is still committed to participating in the discussion about privacy.
Apple and law enforcement agencies have been battling it out over an iPhone used by the San Bernardino gunman for months. While the Justice Department and the FBI demanded a backdoor to the device, Apple refused to create one.
The company argued that doing so would put millions of users around the world at risk, and would set a precedent for future cases not only in the U.S., but from other law enforcement agencies in other countries, too.
But after all of this, the FBI managed to find a way into the iPhone and dropped its case against Apple, as it confirmed on Monday. Now Apple has responded with a statement that reads:
From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.
We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.
Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.
This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.
Apple has been saying much of this all along, and it probably won’t be the last time the company has to face the FBI.
If the FBI was able to crack this iPhone, there is a chance others can, too. Apple will likely be looking at ways it can make iOS even more secure to prevent this, then, which will almost certainly mean similar requests from the FBI and other agencies in future.