FBI asks Apple for access to encrypted iPhone data

  Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, has recently stated that the FBI’s recent US court order to enable them to access the mobile phone of San Bernardino killer Syed Farook is “dangerous”, “chilling” and “unprecedented”. Apple’s lack of co-operation is hindering the FBI investigation, or so they say! Strong words indeed, but where will this potentially lead to regarding whether personal data is sacrosanct or not? Apart from anything else, can we then trust the authorities to not turn a ‘one-off’ access request into the new ‘status quo’ regarding access to all of our private information? Before we delve further into all this, it is worth noting that Apple themselves made the decision, in 2014, to remove its own ability to access data on its own encrypted devices, such as iPhones, iPads and Macs. This was done mainly to avoid unfortunate positions such as this case. The FBI is not actually asking Apple to ‘break’ the encryption on this iPhone, which would be virtually impossible in any case due to the companies already stated objective. Basically Apple is saying that it could not gain access, even if it wanted to. But how does this really stand up to someClick Me For More Details… […]

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