Apple released a statement late Tuesday regarding the FBI’s desire for the tech giant to change their software to be able to unlock its data. The need comes from the recent San Bernardino terrorist attacks and an iPhone which was recovered in the investigation.
What the FBI is asking, and what Apple is basically refusing to comply with in its statement, is that Apple redesign their operating system on their smartphones to be able to bypass encryption in order for law enforcement to use the very detailed and personal data stored on an iPhone for the benefit of an investigation, especially one like the San Bernardino attack. Apple uses encryption to secure people’s iPhones, creating this back door could create many security issues, according to the company.
In the statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook also brings up the quote “dangerous precedent” a permission like this could entail and questions the expansion of law enforcement’s authority. Cook appears sympathetic towards the intentions of the investigators but stresses the security of all their users if this type of master key is created.
The FBI obviously wants to find all information possible regarding the terrorists and their attack, especially unlocking this crucial piece of evidence which they are clearly still working out. For instance, their order specifically asks that an iPhone be allowed more than 10 attempts at a password to allow the bureau to use quote “brute force” to unlock the phone.
Apple has been compliant and cooperative with law enforcement up until this request.