The Federal Bureau of Investigation for the US asked (and was denied by) Apple to grant access to the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. Apple denied the FBI access to the Passcode protected iPhone confiscated from Syed Farook who is charged with the mass shooting which claimed 14 lives in December 2015 in San Bernardino. The FBI then approached the courts seeking an order to force the company to unlock the iPhone and grant the FBI access to it.
The FBI has now withdrawn legal action against Apple as it announced that it used the help of an unidentified person who was able to hack into the iPhone 5s without erasing its contents.
Apple has responded by stating that:
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.