“Apple Inc. told a federal judge that it ‘would be impossible’ to access user data on a locked iPhone running one of the newer operating systems, but that it could likely help the government unlock an older phone,” Joe Palazzolo reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“In a brief filed late Monday, the company said ‘in most cases now and in the future’ it will be unable to assist the government in unlocking a password-protected iPhone,” Palazzolo reports. “The brief was filed at the invitation of U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, who is considering a request from the Justice Department that he order Apple to help government investigators access a seized iPhone.”
In most cases now and in the future, the government’s requested order would be substantially burdensome, as it would be impossible to perform. For devices running iOS 8 or higher, Apple would not have the technical ability to do what the government requests—take possession of a password protected device from the government and extract unencrypted user data from that device for the government. Among the security features in iOS 8 is a feature that prevents anyone without the device’s passcode from accessing the device’s encrypted data. This includes Apple. — Apple Inc. legal team
“The iPhone in question is running an older operating system, iOS 7, for which Apple ‘has the technical ability to extract certain categories of unencrypted data,’ the company said in the brief,” Palazzolo reports. “Apple can access some user-generated files in Apple’s native apps on phones running iOS 7 and older operating systems, but it can’t extract email, calendar entries or any third-party app data, the brief said.”
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