No precedent, eh? Justice Department wants Apple to unlock 12 more iPhones


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Did anyone seriously believe this wasn't going to happen?
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

FBI director James Comey and his supporters suggest that making Apple break its iPhone encryption for the San Bernardino shooter case would be a one-off event, and not the start of a slippery slope into unwanted surveillance.

Well, it seems that someone needs to tell the Department of Justice that, because the D.O.J. is reportedly salivating at the thought of being able to hack iPhones for criminal investigations — with court orders being filed for Apple to help extract iPhone data in a further dozen cases around the U.S.

As with the current case at the heart of the FBI’s battle with Apple, the Justice Department is using the “All Writs Act” as the basis for asking Apple to help bypass smartphone security features in cases where the locked phones may contain evidence.

Interestingly — and proving what many people had predicted from the start — these dozen cases don’t involve terrorist charges, according to reports.

Apple, fortunately, is fighting its corner and isn’t giving up on its pro-privacy stance.

In all seriousness though, was there a single person out there (aside from possibly Bill Gates) who thought the government would stop at wanting to hack just one iPhone? This is exactly why this case is rapidly turning into the tech story of the year.

Source: Wall Street Journal

  • Jack

    “Here is the Golden Rule of sound citizenship, the first and greatest lesson in the study of politics: you get
    the same order of criminality from any State to which you give power to exercise it; and
    whatever power you give the State to do things for you carries with it the equivalent
    power to do things to you.”

    ~Albert Jay Nock

    March 1939

  • DrMuggg

    From “Terrorists” to “ordinary” crime… to… ?
    Guess Walking against red in a couple of years will be “suspicious” enough.

  • Boy, that escalated quickly!

  • Grits n Gravy

    Like typical, the media and the government will go on a fear mongering campaign to scare the public in the hope of “freedom” and “protection” when they really want the opposite.