Withdraws case against Apple.
Apple and the FBI is still butting heads with one side asking to create a backdoor for iOS to access files but with one side opposing as a stand against consumer privacy. Apple has made it clear that while it is ready to help authorities in accessing relevant data, it won’t be creating a backdoor to iOS solely for the reason that it can be catastrophic just in case it gets in the wrong hands.
Though that may soon end as the FBI managed to hack into the iPhone 5C used by the one of the shooters at San Bernardino, though it says that the particular hack is only valid on that particular model.
Apple, in the meantime, released a statement (via The Verge):
“From the beginning, we objected to the FBI’s demand that Apple build a backdoor into the iPhone because we believed it was wrong and would set a dangerous precedent. As a result of the government’s dismissal, neither of these occurred. This case should never have been brought.
We will continue to help law enforcement with their investigations, as we have done all along, and we will continue to increase the security of our products as the threats and attacks on our data become more frequent and more sophisticated.
Apple believes deeply that people in the United States and around the world deserve data protection, security and privacy. Sacrificing one for the other only puts people and countries at greater risk.
This case raised issues which deserve a national conversation about our civil liberties, and our collective security and privacy. Apple remains committed to participating in that discussion.”
There is no word if the FBI will make the hack public – though Apple in the meantime should be able to check and see how the device was hacked and issue a patch to protect its ongoing fight with consumer privacy.