Apple Says The San Bernardino iPhone Case 'Should Never Have Been Brought'

Apple Says the San Bernardino iPhone Case 'Should Never Have Been Brought'

The FBI has successfully hacked the iPhone connected to the San Bernardino massacre, the Department of Justice has dropped its case against Apple, so all should be well in the world. Not so: Apple would like the last word. In a statement released today, Apple reminds us all that while this case might be over, it was in the right all along:

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.

Overall, it's difficult to judge whether the case has been a win for Apple. Sure, it didn't have to decrypt the phone, but it's also sparked a concerted effort from US lawmakers to pass new legislation, which could mandate Apple to unlock devices in the future.



    Here's the rub:

    Much like the metadata retention laws in Australia, the greater public didn't know about these avenues of circumvention prior to them becoming a political issue.

    Metadata had successfully been used in a police investigation many times before this latest measure was introduced, but the public quickly became aware of VPN circumvention. Now any criminal/terrorist will entirely sidestep the expensive mess.

    Likewise, we now know about nand cloning because of this political move. A vulnerability has been made public, so now apple will have to move to eradicate it, costing the cops their last way in.

    Good work, government.

      Are you suggesting that criminals and terrorists are now using VPN because they leaned about it because of the political discussion?

        I'm suggesting that the government thought that they weren't already, but certainly made sure that they would.

          Criminals have been using vpns for many years. How do you think pedophiles get away with sharing their crap for so long?

            Just what is your point here?

            The police have officially stated that they had successfully been using metadata to aid investigations for years, so plenty of criminals clearly weren't using VPNs.

            Are you suggesting that these particular criminals wouldn't somehow understand how to dodge this after our own prime minister went on national TV and explicitly told them how?

              Metadata isn't just what sites you go to. Hell it isn't even what sites you go to. You clearly have no idea what Metadata actually is.

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