On Monday in New York, a judge declared that the United States government cannot force Apple to give the FBI access to iPhones. According to the Blaze, U.S. Magistrate James Orenstein denied the federal government’s latest attempt to bypass Apple’s security systems.
“Ultimately, the question to be answered in this matter, and in others like it across the country, is not whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device,” Orenstein wrote. “It is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue any many others like it yet to come. For the reasons set forth above, I conclude that it does not.”
The FBI had sought to receive a special program from Apple that would allow them to access information from any iPhone. The request was portrayed the agency and the government as a specific case in which they would only get the information from the San Bernardino terrorist’s work phone.
However, in order to access the phone, Apple would have had to build a new program in which it creates a back door into the iPhone security. Naturally, the FBI wouldn’t have given Apple the phone to extract the data from citing security reasons. Therefore, Apple would have effectively created a program that bypasses their security system and handed it over to the federal government.
If you think the FBI and the federal government should have a program that can unlock any iPhone at any time, just remember that what is held by the government could easily end up in the hands of hackers. The government has notoriously been hacked by foreign governments and amateurs and a lot of classified information has been stolen.