Apple Sucked Into Investigation Of Canadian Crack Mayor

(Credit: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

(Credit: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

What connects Apple to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford?

The answer is that the company has reportedly been called in to help Toronto police access Ford’s cell phone data for an ongoing investigation (nicknamed “Project Brazen 2’) into the controversial politician’s secret life.

Police have apparently been granted several search warrants related to the investigation over the past few months — with one of these warrants permitting them to talk with Apple about unlocking an iPhone belonging to the mayor’s friend and occasional driver, Alexander “Sandro” Lisi.

Apple has also provided police with audio and video recordings related to the device. These records were stored either on the iPhone itself, or else on iCloud, according to sources.

While no details about the contents have been made public yet, a number of media outlets are currently trying to gain access to police documents related to the case — including Apple’s involvement.

With Toronto’s mayoral campaign just heating up, there’s likely to be dirt on the way.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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