Court hearing cancelled

Apple fears privacy risks as FBI unlocks killer’s iPhone

Apple The FBI has withdrawn its legal action against technology giant Apple after being able to access data from one of its iPhones.

It said it had been able to extract the information it required from the phone used by San Bernadino killer Syed Rizwan Farook without the need for Apple’s permission.

Sources say the FBI used a “third party” to hack into the phone. Farook and his wife died in a gun battle after the shooting in December.

The Department of Justice took the phone access plea to court and was able to obtain an order against Apple that would force the company to hand over it’s encryption key to unlock the phone, However, the company objected and lodged an appeal.

After the FBI declared it had successfully accessed the phone the Department for Justice cancelled the hearing scheduled for today.

Apple supporters said the FBI’s ability to by-pass the company has raised concerns over data protection.

In a statement, Apple said: “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.”


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