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Apple versus the FBI: US has asked Apple, Google to help unlock devices in more than 70 cases

Grant Gross | March 31, 2016
The DOJ and FBI insisted their efforts to require Apple to help them break into an iPhone in the San Bernardino shootings was “just about that one case.”

Although one case dates back to 2008 and a handful back to 2010 and 2011, about 30 of the cases identified by the ACLU are from 2015 or 2016. Many of the cases involve illegal drugs and not terrorism, the group said.

Apple has resisted the All Writs Orders in many of the recent cases, according to information from Zwillinger. Beyond the California case, the most active case is in Brooklyn, New York, where the FBI has appealed an order from Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, who ruled that Apple isn't required to assist the agency in a drug case.

The ACLU published a map and a list of the All Writs Act cases on Wednesday.

The DOJ has said it still plans to use courts to force smartphone makers to help law enforcement agencies unlock devices. The agency filed a warrant in Sacremento on 1 March asking smartphone makers to help break into a terrorism suspect's phones, Forbes reported.

Source: Macworld AU

 

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