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US government drops another iPhone case against Apple

<b>The US government has dropped a case against Apple that sought to compel the company to provide access to an alleged New York drug dealer's locked iPhone.</b><p>The Department of Justice said Apple's help was no longer necessary as the passcode had been obtained.<p>A similar case involving a phone used by …

FBI decides provisionally not to share iPhone unlock: sources | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI has provisionally decided not to share an iPhone unlocking mechanism used by a contractor to open the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters because the agency does not own the mechanism, two U.S. government sources said on Tuesday.<p>Pieces of an iPhone are seen in …

Government says it may not reveal to Apple the method used to access the San Bernardino iPhone

While the FBI has successfully accessed the data on the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino shootings, and the court battle is over for now, the government says that it may not accede to Apple’s demand to be told the method used.<p>The White House said back in 2014 that the government would consider the …

Petition urges White House to support Apple in blocking government access to locked iPhones

A new We the People petition has been created urging the White House to <i>“halt efforts that compel Apple and other device makers to create a “backdoor” for the Government to access citizens data”</i> (via MacReports).<p>The petition comes as Apple CEO Tim Cook this week penned an open letter detailing why …

Government 'backdoor' access to a single iPhone would undo years of progress in online security

While the media has reported on nearly every minutia of the ongoing litigation between Apple and the FBI, we seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture.<p>This is not just about government investigators gaining access to the iPhone 5C used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the attackers who killed 14 …

OBAMA: If government can't access phones, 'everybody is walking around with a Swiss Bank account in their pocket'

His key argument centered on the trade-offs Americans already make to guarantee their safety and well-being, whether it's going through TSA security screening at airports — something Obama joked that he hadn't done in awhile but heard is awful — or being searched at a drunk-driving stop.<p>"This …

Apple’s Tim Cook on iPhone unlocking case: “We will not shrink from this responsibility”

Tim Cook started Apple’s press conference with a surprising statement. After announcing that there are now 1 billion active Apple devices, Apple’s CEO then talked about the ongoing conflict with the FBI.<p>“We built the iPhone for you, our customers. And we know that it is a deeply personal device,” …