The war between Apple and the feds regarding the unlocking/refusal to unlock a shooter’s iPhone continues unabated. Here’s a round-up of the latest developments:
The U.S. Department of Justice is objecting to a New York magistrate judge's decision to deny its motion to compel Apple's assistance in unlocking an iPhone linked to a years-old New York drug case, with the case now landing at the Eastern District of New York.
Appearing on Conan last night, Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak said that he sided with Apple in the FBI fight, first because he’s always been strong on human rights, as one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but because governments shouldn’t be able to tell manufacturers to make their products insecure at a time when security is so important.
In a somewhat different case in which Apple was fighting a law-enforcement agency that was trying to compel it to weaken security on its iPhones, the US Department of Justice is asking a higher court to reconsider a ruling in a Brooklyn case involving a methamphetamine dealer (who has already admitted guilt) that the All Writs Act can’t be used to force a third-party to weaken security on its product.