U.S. to Keep Fighting for Apple to Unlock iPhone in New York Drug Case
Time for a tech sector pushback. if you as a candidate back the FBI on forcing Apple or anyone else to help them create dangerous vulnerabilities and further reduce privacy for the law abiding , they don’t get a dime. The pro privacy guys get the big bucks to run with.
An Apple attorney said Friday the company was disappointed but not surprised that the government would continue to fight in New York after giving up in California.
He said the appeal belied the FBI’s claim that the San Bernardino case was about a single phone and the need to stop future terror acts.
Apple, with the strong support of most of the technology industry, argues that requiring it to circumvent the encryption in its own products would inevitability open the door for hackers and foreign spies and undermine security for everyone. The company has said it is willing to take the issue to the Supreme Court.
The phones in the two cases have different security features, with the New York phone running an earlier version of the iPhone operating software. The director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, who is leading the battle against Apple, said Thursday that the method used on the San Bernardino phone would not work on other models.
But the New York phone is much easier for Apple to break into. Apple has acknowledged it could get data from the drug dealer’s phone without crafting special software, as it would have had to do with the San Bernardino phone.