US District Court Trying To Force Apple
The United States District Court for the Central District of California has issued an application pursuant to the All Writs Act, requesting an order”directing Apple Inc.” to assist law enforcement agents enabling the search of a device seized in the course of a previously issued search warrant executed on a vehicle.
In a “Customer Letter” posted on Apples website, Tim Cook says:
The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.
He goes on to say:
We were shocked and outraged by the deadly act of terrorism in San Bernardino last December… We have no sympathy for terrorists. When the FBI has requested data that’s in our possession, we have provided it. Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants, as we have in the San Bernardino case.
But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone.
While law enforcement has not been able to access data on the iPhone in question, they face a precarious situation trying to hack into it.
According to Kevin Johnson and Jessica Guynn of USA Today, the iPhones passcode security feature, once enabled, erases data from the iPhone after too many unsuccessful attempts to unlock it.
The issue here is not that Apple doesn’t want to help, it is according to Tim Cook:
It would be wrong for the government to force us to build a backdoor into our products. And ultimately, we fear that this demand would undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect.
Read more in Apple’s customer letter