Department of Justice Wants to Unlock More Iphones
The Department of Justice wants to unlock at least 9 more iPhones:
Fox News has reported that the Department of Justice wants to unlock at least 9 more iPhones. The Wall Street Journal estimates the number of requests to be about a dozen. This follows on from Apple’s refusal to make software that allows the FBI to easily hack through a brute force attack following a court order regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
Many of the Silicon Valley CEOs have supported Tim Cook saying that a loss of encryption is a serious loss of privacy. Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would play its part in defending encryption and supporting Apple. Tim Cook sees this court order as a dangerous step towards a loss of freedom and privacy saying “Ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.”
One thing that is certain is that encryption is important. It is a vital component of maintaining people’s privacy in a world where our whole lives are online. But the question still stands: “what is the balance between privacy and government access”, posed by ex-Department of Justice lawyer, turned to Silicon Valley’s ‘go-to’ lawyer on surveillance, Mark Zwillinger.
Here is the list of cases the Court wishes Apple to extract data from: