The DOJ is still Focused on Unlocking an iPhone 5s in New York Case

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Despite the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c without the assistance of Apple, the Department of Justice is still trying to force Apple to unlock another iPhone in a separate case.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, the encryption fight between Apple and some United States agencies has entered yet another round, as the Department of Justice vies to force Apple to unlock an iPhone 5s that is part of a drug dealing case in Brooklyn, New York.

“The U.S. government is pressing a demand that Apple Inc. help it crack a drug dealer’s phone in Brooklyn, New York, even after it said it successfully accessed a California shooter’s iPhone without the company’s help.”

This is not the first time this particular iPhone 5s has been thrust into the limelight. Back in February of this year, a New York federal magistrate judge ruled that the U.S. government cannot enact the 18th century All Writs Act for force Apple to unlock a device on their behalf. However, that’s not stopping the government from pushing forward with the case, and still vying to get Apple to unlock the handset.

The government says that the San Bernardino case, which saw the FBI access an iPhone 5c without the assistance of Apple, does not apply here, because the agency’s unlocking tool does not work on the iPhone 5s. Indeed, the FBI confirmed earlier this week that the tool they used only works on the iPhone 5c — and presumably older handsets. Which means the FBI and Department of Justice have to find another method in unlocking newer handsets. Unless that method is discovered, Apple could be the only way the government can access that handset — or any other iPhone newer than the iPhone 5c.

The debate on encryption is far from over, just as this case so clearly articulates.

[via Bloomberg]