The FBI cannot force Apple to unlock an iPhone used in a Brooklyn drug case, judge rules

The U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case, a New York judge says.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein made the ruling on Monday.

The decision follows a California magistrate judge’s order requiring Apple to create software to help the U.S. hack the iPhone of a shooter in the Dec. 2 killing of 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

  • vimy

    when someone breaks the law they forfeit some of their rights. If its ok to wiretap a persons phone to collect information to further the states case against them. I fail to see how this is any different.

    • 1st, the accused has not been convicted, it is in trial.
      2nd, As history has shown the government does not stop at these cases of horrible crimes, if the government has the ability to search encrypted data they will soon utilize that information to search the encrypted data of everyone, not just hardened criminals.

      • Raymond Hietapakka

        …no different than any search warrant for hidden evidence, as far as I’m concerned. Do you own Apple stock, or what? Maybe if it was one of your kids that gets killed by a Mac Addict, you’d see things differently…

        • Again,
          once the government has the technology they use it to gather info WITHOUT a search warrant.

          I am a right wing Trump supporter.
          To me this is about protecting our right to privacy.

      • vimy

        “2nd, As history has shown the government does not stop at these cases of horrible crimes”

        So. I don’t care!

        • After denying the motive I alluded to before, TODAY, FBI clarifies…
          FBI Director James Comey says ‘of course’ the agency would seek to use precedent from San Bernardino case …. in other cases.

          The fact of the matter is in the San Bernadino muslim terrorist case all the FBI needed to do was take the iphone to a hot spot and it would have backed up to the cloud where they would have had access to the info. Law enforcement reset the password and are themselves responsible for this mess.

          Also, the issue of having backdoors into iphones, Just like we have to be careful of how many ounces of mouthwash we take on planes is all due to muslim immigration.
          We need to stop the immigration of potential terrorists into the USA, not focus on taking shoes off at airports.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …and moments later…another 5 million phones get sold…Judge smiles as his Apple shares go up…….Apple making more money is what America is all about….you dead folks in San Bernadino? F*** you and the Search warrant too, Apple’s stock price is more important

  • andycanuck

    The FBI should ask the Chinese government to ask Apple, then they’d do it with bells on.

    • k1

      Security Services have to get Western countries… JUST… as the ….
      new product is about to go to market
      China and Russia seem to get their hands on codes this way
      I seem to remember BLACKBERRY did the same thing
      INDIA would not go for Blackberry unless they gave over the codes
      (I think it was just after the Hotel got terrorized)