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DOJ Drops San Bernardino Unlocking Dispute, Continues with Brooklyn Unlocking Demands

04/13/2016

DOJ Drops San Bernardino Unlocking Dispute, Continues with Brooklyn Unlocking Demands

 Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, has revealed that the method the FBI used to unlock the iPhone in the high profile San Bernardino shooting case, will only work on select models. The handset they managed to crack was an iPhone 5c, but Comey says that the technique utilised will not work on newer models such as the 5 and 6 S series.

 

As such, whilst the FBI has withdrawn its request for Apple to unlock the handset at the centre of the San Bernardino shooting, they still have a Brooklyn-based investigation ongoing (a drug case), in which their requests for Apple to unlock the handset have already been rejected by the courts, when New York magistrate Judge James Orenstein said “the government lacks legal authority to force any company to break its own digital security protocols.”

 

The Justice Department appears to have no intention of dropping the case, stating "the government continues to require Apple's assistance in accessing the data that it is authorized to search by warrant."

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