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FBI Yet to Glean Useful Data from San Bernardino iPhone

04/18/2016

FBI Yet to Glean Useful Data from San Bernardino iPhone

After the furore over the San Bernardino shooting iPhone and the DOJ’s attempts to have Apple build a back door into their iOS, it seems like the sum total of the whole fiasco to date is a whopping great… nothing.

 

Earlier this month, FBI lawyers refused to say whether any useful data had been obtained from the iPhone belonging to shooting suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, after managing to crack the phone without Apple’s help using an as yet unelucidated method. However, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the matter, the data obtained has yet to offer any breakthrough in the FBI case, though the investigation is ongoing.

 

FBI lawyer James A Baker stated "It was worth the fight to make sure that we have turned over every rock that we can with respect to the investigation. We owe it to the victims and the families to make sure that we pursue every logical lead."

 

It is beyond clear from many incidents such as this one over recent years that something needs to happen in relation to laws around personal data/metadata, but we wonder if we will ever see a solution that strikes a balance between personal privacy and appropriate use for prosecutor purposes.

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