A report from Reuters claims that the White House has declined to offer public support for a draft legislation that would allow judges to order companies like Apple to unlock encrypted devices to help law enforcement agencies.
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White House Refuses to Support Encryption Legislation That Will Allow Judges to Order Companies to Unlock Devices [Update]
A report from the Wall Street Journal claims that unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone was not the first time a court had ordered Apple to do so. Instead, in 2008, in a horrific case of child sex abuse, Apple was ordered by the government to unlock the iPhone of a suspect, which was recovered from a bag of diapers.
FBI director James Comey has confirmed to CNN that the method used by the law enforcement agency to unlock the iPhone 5c of Syed Farook’s, one of the San Bernardino shooter, works only on a “narrow slice of phones”, and it does not work on newer phones from Apple , which includes anything above the iPhone 5s.
FBI Still Analysing Data from San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone 5c; Says ‘It’s Simply Too Early’ to Assess Whether It’s Valuable or Not
After a lot of drama, the FBI was finally able to access the data stored on the iPhone 5c on one of the San Bernardino’s shooter late last month with the help of an Israeli company. Since then, everyone has been eagerly waiting for the organisation to share what kind of data they have found on the shooter’s iPhone 5c and whether it is of any importance or not.
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.
A report from Reuters from earlier this week indicated that the FBI has hired an Israeli firm called Cellebrite to hack into the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter. Now, it looks like the FBI is paying well over $15,000 to the Israeli company for the job.
Citing an article in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in Israel, Reuters reports that the FBI has received help from an Israeli company called Cellebrite to unlock the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter. The website of the Israeli company claims that it is a provider of mobile forensic solutions.
Judge Agrees to Postpone Apple vs. FBI Hearing After DOJ Discovers New Method to Unlock iPhone Without Apple’s Help
Apple was scheduled to head into court for the first major hearing in its battle with the FBI over the unlocking of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c on Tuesday, March 22nd.
But at the last moment Department of Justice has unexpectedly asked the court overseeing the proceeding to postpone the hearing as they’ve discovered a method to possibly unlock the iPhone without needing Apple’s help.