APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

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APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

– Apple urges a court to reject efforts to force apple to break into iPhone in drug case.

 

APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE
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APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

In the latest case involving efforts to compel Apple to help law enforcement break encryption, the company said the court should simply rule that assistance
is not needed and authorised by the law.

The case in a federal court in Brooklyn comes weeks after the FBI dropped a hotly contested effort to require Apple to weaken the security of an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year’s attacks in San Bernardino, California.

In this case, Apple lawyers argued, the court can avoid a “constitutional thicket” and rule on “narrower grounds”.

According to Mercury News, the lawyers argued: “The government’s arguments in this case – much like the arguments advanced and then abandoned in the San Bernardino matter – confirm that the burden to Apple must be assessed not through the lens of a single phone or a specific operating system, but in light of the government’s unambiguous intent to obtain a precedential ruling that can and will be used to support subsequent orders involving other iPhones running different operating systems and with a variety of security features.”

APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

The justice Department earlier this month appealed a decision by a US magistrate in Apple’s favour, saying it still wants the company to extract pictures, text messages and other digital data from an iPhone used by someone accused of trafficking in methamphetamines.

The case is one of several pending in US courts as politicians and others debate whether Apple and other tech firms should be required to help break strong encryption, which in many cases allows only the user to access data, with no “keys” held by the company.

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APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE
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Apple said the government’s interpretation of the All Writs Act – a 1789 law that gives the courts wide latitude to help law enforcement – was “soundly rejected” by the magistrate’s ruling.

APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

The brief said: “It simply is not the case that federal courts can issue any order the executive branch dreams up unless and until Congress expressly prohibits it and that construction of the All Writs Act has it exactly backwards.”

The company also said such an order isn’t needed because of the “likely minimal evidentiary value of any data on the phone” given that all defendants have pleaded guilty.

The latest filing comes with Congress set to take up a bill that would require tech companies to provide technical assistance to law enforcement to help break encryption.

APPLE REJECTS EFFORTS TO BREAK INTO IPHONE

The proposal is currently facing intense criticism from civil liberties activists and tech firms, while organisations backing law enforcement support the measure.